Happy Birthday, Coach Beckman!

Happy Birthday, Coach Beckman!

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore

Kiwane Garris,
by the numbers


On this date 20 years ago, freshman Kiwane Garris set career highs for points and assists as Illinois topped Iowa 105-90. The rookie from Chicago’s Westinghouse High School contributed to the Illini’s 61.3 percent shooting performance by hitting 10 of his 15 shots from the field (and 11 of 12 from the line) for a game-high 33 points. His nine assists that day set up easy shots for his teammates. A look at his career, by the numbers:

2
Place he finished his career on Illinois’ all-time scoring list with 1,948 points, behind only Deon Thomas.

3
Number of times he was named Illinois’ Most Outstanding Player (1995, ’96 and ’97).

9
Years he played professional basketball in Italy.

22
His jersey number at Illinois.

31
Number of NBA games he played, scoring 72 points and handing out 30 assists.

34
Points he scored against California in 1996, including a perfect 17 for 17 on free throws.

39
Consecutive free throws he sank in 1995, the third-longest streak in Big Ten history.

204
Number of free throws he made in 1996-97, an all-time single-season record that still stands.

502
Total assists he distributed at Illinois in the 1990s, second to Bruce Douglas’ 765 when Garris graduated.

1998
Year he played with the U.S. team at the World Championships, helping the team to a bronze-medal finish.

Illini Birthdays
Today: Tim Beckman, football coach (49)
Monday: Nick Anderson (46)
Tuesday: Joe Tanner, swimming (64)
Wednesday: Petra Laverman, volleyball (47)
Thursday: Terry Cole, athletic administrator (67)
Friday: Mark Dressen, baseball (44)
Saturday: Courtney Bell, soccer (26)

By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore.

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