Illinois defeated West Virginia 47-26 in a scrimmage at the Aviano Air Base in Italy on Wednesday.
The two teams held a clinic for the troops’ children, participated in a dunk contest, scrimmaged against the Aviano varsity unit and then played two 10-minute halves against each other before about 500 military personnel and their families.
Illinois scored the first seven points against West Virginia and built a double-digit lead within the first three minutes. The Illini led 27-8 at halftime and went up by as many as 26 points in the second half.
Illinois shot 20 of 32 from the field and 5 of 8 from 3-pointer range. It had 15 assists on 20 baskets and caused 15 turnovers.
Illinois will play again on Thursday.