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ILLINI HIGHLIGHTS: Illinois Men's Basketball vs. Eastern Illinois

Illinois and Eastern Illinois played an exhibition game to benefit disaster relief on Friday. Check out all of the highlights of Brad Underwood's open-door debut as Illinois head coach along with the debuts of Mark Smith and a highly-anticipated class of newcomers, a surprising upset loss.

Black: 'They played harder than us'

Illinois forwards Kipper Nichols and Leron Black discuss the Illini's 80-67 charity exhibition loss to Eastern Illinois on Friday night in Charleston.

Underwood: 'We got totally, totally outplayed'

Illinois coach Brad Underwood and Eastern Illinois coach Jay Spoonhour break down the Panthers' 80-67 charity exhibition victory against the Illini on Friday night at Lantz Arena. 

Beat writer Scott Richey's grades: Eastern Illinois 80, Illinois 67

Player of the game: Eastern Illinois guard Montell Goodwin

The Panthers' senior was one of five Eastern Illinois players in double figure with 14 points, sharing the team high with Muusa Duma. Goodwin added six rebounds, four steals and hit 3 of 4 three-pointers.

Dubious start to the Brad Underwood era at Illinois

CHARLESTON — Brad Underwood stalked the Lantz Arena sideline on Friday night.

It might have been a charity exhibition — a third preseason opportunity added to the schedule just a week prior — but Underwood's demeanor proved just how much the game against Eastern Illinois meant.

Henson: 'They'll get better'

CHARLESTON — Lou Henson had several pregame visitors Friday night when he arrived at Lantz Arena.

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman stopped to talk for a few minutes. So did Eastern Illinois athletic director and former Illini Tom Michael. Former Illini-turned-Illinois radio analyst Doug Altenberger was next.

LIVE! Eastern Illinois

CHARLESTON — Eastern Illinois took advantage of an inconsistent, sloppy Illinois team in the second half, pulling off an 80-67 upset victory in a charity exhibition game Friday night at Lantz Arena.

Lineups: Illinois at Eastern Illinois



P Name Yr. Ht. PPG

G Te'Jon Lucas So. 6-1 4.8

G Mark Smith Fr. 6-4 *21.9

G Mark Alstork Gr. 6-5 ^19.0

F Leron Black R-Jr. 6-7 8.1

C Michael Finke R-Jr. 6-10 6.9

UI Men's Basketball vs. EIU 2017

Univeristy of Illinois men's basketball vs. Eastern Illinois University in a exhibition game to benefit a pre-determined disaster relief charity. At Lantz Arena in Charleston on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

Underwood: 'A lot of orange over there'

Illinois coach Brad Underwood discusses his team's upcoming charity exhibition game at Eastern Illinois. A highlight of the 7 p.m. Friday tipoff in Charleston for Underwood? The chance for more Illini fans to see the team play.