CHICAGO (AP)-- Deron Williams had 17 points and 10 assists and
No. 11 Illinois rebounded from its first loss of the season with an
84-61 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.
Williams, who had a career-high 22 points in the loss to North
Carolina, left the game with five minutes to go and Illinois (4-1)
leading by 27 points. He was greeted by a loud ovation from the
partisan crowd that made the short drive up from Champaign, Ill.
Sophomore James Augustine had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the
Illini, who took better care of the ball after turning it over 14
times in the first half against the Tar Heels.
Illinois committed just 13 turnovers for the game and forced
Arkansas (4-1) into 21 turnovers that lead to 25 points.
The Illini led by 15 at halftime and scored three straight
baskets to open the second half. Nick Smith hit a jumper, Williams
caught a lob underneath the basket for a reverse layup, and then
made a nice pass to set up Roger Powell to extend the lead to 21.
Arkansas shot just 33 percent and trailed by at least 20 points
for most of the second half. The Razorbacks, under second-year
coach Stan Heath, were off to their best start in five years.
Dee Brown's 3-pointer capped a 10-0 run that gave Illinois a
14-point lead in the first half. They were Brown's only points of
the half as the sophomore guard's struggles continued.
Brown, coming off one of the worst games of his career, had 13
points but was just 4-of-12 from the field. Brown, the preseason
Big Ten player of the year, was averaging 16 points a game.
Illinois is 22-6 and has won nine straight at the United Center,
about a two-hour drive from its campus.