The Illinois basketball team managed to top their 49-point victory with a 52-point victory on Tuesday night against Lindenwood.
This game started pretty bad for the Illini. We made the first basket of the game, but then Lindenwood went on a little run. They dropped eight points in a row which was capped off by a three-point shot. Illinois faced an 8-2 deficit less than three minutes into the game. That would be the last time this Lindenwood team would have any chance, though.
After Lindenwood took an 8-2 lead, the Illini turned to a different gear and went on a 21-0 run. This gave the Orange and Blue the lead 23-8. Lindenwood would break that run with a couple of free throws, but Illinois would continue pushing. With 9:49 to go in the first half, Illinois took their first 20-point lead of the game.
It would not get better for Lindenwood. Illinois kept scoring. After Ayo Dosunmu made a three-pointer, the Illini took their first 30-point lead of the game 61-29. Illinois went into the halftime locker room up 66-29.
The second half was a little less ugly, but it was still pretty bad. Illinois took their first 40-point lead less than two minutes into the second half 73-32. We would then go on another little run and got the deficit up to 50 points for the first time at the 1:15 mark left in the game. The Illini would then cruise to an easy 117-65 victory.
Here are three observations from the Illini win over Lindenwood.