Illinois douses Indiana with threes, wins 76-45 -

Illinois douses Indiana with threes, wins 76-45

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois guard Trent Meacham showered Indiana with three-pointers Saturday, leading the Illini to a 76-45 win over their biggest rivals.

Meacham, a senior from Champaign, led Illinois with 21 points. He hit seven of nine three-point shots.

With the win, the Illini also claimed a little revenge for their two losses last year to the Hoosiers. Illinois last beat the Hoosiers in March 2007.

Illinois (14-2, 2-1) opened up a 21-2 lead in the game's first seven minutes and never trailed.

Guard Demetri McCamey hit a three 31 seconds into the game, and, after a short jumper by Mike Davis, Meacham added the first of his three-point bombs to put Illinois up 8-0 with just 89 seconds ticked off the clock.

The only real question after Illinois' early run was whether the loss would be Indiana's worst of a painful season. It wasn't, but the only reason it didn't match the Hoosiers' 33-point loss in November to Notre Dame was a dunk by Steven Gambles at the buzzer -- one the Illini didn't bother to defend.

Indiana coach Tom Crean paced and prowled the sideline in front of his bench, sipping hard on a Coke he kept stashed at the end of the scorer's table and frenetically subbing players in and out, all to little effect.

The Hoosiers were 20-51 from the field -- 39.2 percent shooting -- but hit only a third of their first-half shots and scored on consecutive possessions just three times the whole game.

Their 45 points were just three better than their season-low 42 last month in a loss to Northeastern.

Meacham wasn't the only Illinois player hitting from long distance. The Illini were 13-25 from three-point range and had four players in double figures.

Junior Dominique Keller had 15 points off the bench, while sophomore starters Mike Davis and Demetri McCamey had 12 each.

Indiana (5-10, 0-3) lost its top scoring threat, Devan Dumes, late in the first half to a sprained left ankle. Dumes entered the game averaging 13.7 points.

Crean said after the game that he didn't know yet how serious the sprain is.

Nick Williams led the Hoosiers with 12 points.

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