(11) Illinois 89

(10-0, 2-0 away)

Oregon 59

(4-3, 4-2 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 10, 2005

    Moda Center, Portland, Oregon

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    #11ILL 40 4989
    ORE 22 3759

    Top Performers

    Illinois: D. Brown 26 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Oregon: I. Johnson 16 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    No. 10 Illinois gets 26 from Brown, routs Oregon

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Playing its 10th game in 24 days, Illinois coach Bruce Weber didn't have high expectations for his team.

    However, the 11th-ranked Fighting Illini showed no signs of fatigue Saturday night as Dee Brown had 26 points and seven assists in an 89-59 win over Oregon in the Pape' Jam.

    "The first thing I wrote on the board was energy, effort, enthusiasm," Weber said. "After all this travel and all these games, I did not anticipate this. I was just hoping we could gut out a win. This really surprised me."

    Rich McBride had 13 points and James Augustine added eight points and 11 rebounds for the Fighting Illini, who improved to 10-0.

    Reserve forward Ivan Johnson tied a career-high with 16 points to lead the Ducks (4-3), losers of three straight. Malik Hairston added 12 for Oregon, which shot just 35 percent from the field, including 26 percent in the first half.

    Brown, an All-American last year, entered the game averaging 14.1 points but was shooting just 33 percent from the field and 27 percent on 3-pointers. The senior point guard and team leader hit 9 of 15 shots, including five 3s in his best performance of the season.

    "The first nine games I was taking those shots; they just weren't falling," Brown said. "But you know me. I'm going take those shots and try to score. That's my job."

    The Ducks struggled against an Illinois defense that forced 13 turnovers and shut off the middle early. The Illini were up 12-6 in the first half when a flurry of 3s quickly doubled their lead. Brown hit two 3-pointers and Rich McBride had added two more as Illinois went up 24-11.

    As the Illini began to sprint away, the Ducks hurt their cause by forcing up bad shots. Oregon missed all seven of its first-half 3-pointers, while Brown knocked down two more 3s to make it 34-18.

    The Ducks only bright spot was Johnson, who entered the game midway into the first half and quickly made three of his first four shots.

    The strong shooting continued into the second half for Illinois with Brown directing the offense with pinpoint efficiency. The Illini, who are holding opponents to under 57 points per game, led by as many as 31.

    Having lost Deron Williams and Luther Head to the NBA, the current Illini are much younger than last year's squad that went to the NCAA finals and spent much of the year at No. 1. Still, Illinois made believers out of the Ducks.

    "They lost two pearls, but they work," Hairston said. "Bruce Weber I'm sure is a great coach and they've bought in to him. They work hard and know what it is they need to do to win."

    Oregon had never loss in its holiday tournament, going 7-0 since 1998 while beating the likes of Kansas, Massachusetts, Vanderbilt and Louisville.

    The Ducks were coming off a tough last-second loss to Vanderbilt, and a dismal and uninspired 71-57 defeat to Georgetown last weekend. The Illini fared much better against the Hoyas' ball-control defense, beating Georgetown by 10 on Thursday.

    Oregon's woeful effort in back-to-back games is frustrating to Hairston, a sophomore who is their leading scorer. He wasn't sure whether the Ducks, who have made the NCAA tournament in three of the last five years, understand what it will take to get back on track.

    "I don't think we have the least clue," he said.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 59
    FG Made-Attempted 34-67 (.507) 20-57 (.351)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-23 (.435) 3-17 (.176)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-16 (.688) 16-26 (.615)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 31 0

    2005-06 Season

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