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Final

UT Martin 46

(5-5, 2-2 OVC)

(6) Illinois 84

(14-0, 12-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 30, 2005

    State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois

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    UTM 15 3146
    #6ILL 47 3784

    Top Performers

    Tennessee-Martin: J. Newson 13 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Stl

    Illinois: J. Augustine 19 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    (6) ILLINOIS 84, TENN MARTIN 46 

    CHAMPAIGN, Illinois (Ticker) -- Rich McBride was dialed in from long distance.

    McBride had a career-high seven 3-pointers en route to 21 points as sixth-ranked Illinois used a blazing start to continue its feast on non-conference opponents, posting an 84-46 victory over Tennessee-Martin.

    Remaining among the dwindling ranks of the unbeaten, the Fighting Illini (14-0) shot 53 percent (33-of-62) from the field to propel themselves to their 46th consecutive win at home against a non-conference foe.

    Illinois also claimed its 29th consecutive win overall at Assembly Hall, pulling into a tie with Gonzaga for the nation's second-longest active home winning streak. Washington leads the list with 32.

    Connecting on each of his first three shots from the arc, McBride sparked a 17-0 run to start the game. The Skyhawks (5-5) did not record their first point until McClendon Tolliver made 1-of-2 free throws 5:15 into the contest, and got their first basket when a 3-pointer by Justin Flatt made it 27-4 with just over nine minutes to play.

    Behind six 3-pointers by McBride in the first half, the Illini held a 47-15 lead at the break. James Augustine added 14 of his 19 points in the opening 20 minutes for Illinois, which appears to be clicking on all cylinders leading into a matchup with No. 9 Michigan State in its Big Ten opener next Thursday.

    Augustine also had 11 boards in the contest, becoming the all-time leader in school history with 854.

    Freshman Jamar Smith scored 11 points and Dee Brown chipped in 10 assists for the Illini, who shot 11-of-25 (44 percent) on 3-pointers and had 25 assists on 33 baskets.

    Jared Newson scored 13 points and Jason Thompson added 11 for Tennessee-Martin, which has lost its two meetings with ranked opponents this season by an average of 27.5 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UTM
    ILL
    Points 46 84
    FG Made-Attempted 17-55 (.309) 33-62 (.532)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-13 (.231) 11-25 (.440)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-14 (.643) 7-16 (.438)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 40

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