Illinois 33, Lipscomb 26: Key Stats and Observations from the First Half.

Fighting Illini 33, Lipscomb 26:
Leading Scorers: Illinois: DJ 9, Sam-Man 9. Lipscomb: Boyd, 11 (3-4 3pt).
Leading Rebounders: Illinois: Griffey 5. Lipscomb: Boyd, 5.
Assist Leaders: Illinois: Sam-Man 2, Paul 2. Lipscomb: 4 are tied with 1.

1. Get the ball down low. Griffey had Lipscomb looking overmatched underneath. With Leonard (2 fouls) coming back for the second half, we should take advantage of our size either for post scoring or kickouts to shooters.
2. Penetrate. Lipscomb is overplaying passing lanes and biting on fakes. Get to the hole and we should see some better results in the second half.
3. Be patient. No more threes early in the shot clock. We have the physical advantage, let’s use it.

I know there’s some nail biting going on out there. The foul trouble has us a little befuddled I think. The bench needs to provide a little more scoring, though Bert looked smooth out there and Crandall seems to be playing under control. This is a great potential learning opportunity-there are minutes available for those that want them.

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