CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Trent Meacham and Mike Tisdale each scored 15 points to lead Illinois past Detroit 82-51 on Saturday.
Meacham and Tisdale combined to shoot 12-for-14 from the field to help Illinois (10-1) shake off a nine-day break. In just 14 minutes of play, Meacham made all five of his shots, including three from 3-point range as the Illini shot 64.4 percent.
"We'll take that any night but we know we can't rely on that and expect to make those threes every night," Meacham said. "We picked up our intensity up and that's what we have to keep doing and rely on."
The Illini shooting allowed them to overcome a season-high 20 turnovers against the Titans (3-7).
Illinois scored on six of its first seven possessions and held Detroit scoreless for a five minute stretch in the first half to build a 34-26 lead at the intermission.
The Illini held Detroit scoreless for a five minute stretch in the first half to build a 34-26 lead at the intermission. Illinois went on an 18-2 run to start the second half, which featured seven points off the bench from Calvin Brock.
"Our bench continued to play well," Illinois head coach Bruce Weber said. "Calvin played did a great job in the first half and it continued in the second half."
Thomas Kennedy scored 17 points and Chris Hayes added nine for Detroit, which shot 39.2 percent and turned the ball over 18 times.
Chester Frazier led Illinois with nine assists as the Illini assisted on 20 of their 29 baskets. Illinois came into the game ranked second in the NCAA in assist-percentage with assists on 71.1 percent of its baskets this season.
"We have a lot better chemistry this year," Brock said. "No one is arguing or fighting the coach or the system and everyone is playing their role and it
s going good for us."
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