Staff writer Jeff Huth's take on Friday's 75-55 win against Colgate at the Assembly Hall:
PLAYER OF THE GAME: BRANDON PAUL, ILLINOIS
This is the Brandon Paul the Illini need to see every game. He can be the kind of difference-maker every team needs.
Illini starting trio of Paul, Abrams and Richardson did it all (42 points, 11 assists, 18 rebounds)
Egwu, McLaurin gave Illini rebounding but need to take better advantage of offensive opportunities.
Bertrand made good use of his 21 minutes, and Henry more than doubled his career high for rebounds with seven.
Groce Era started with a strong first half, a stalemate in the second. Will Illini be focused on Monday versus St. Francis with a trip to Hawaii to follow?