Blackmon leads No. 25 Indiana to win over Illinois

Indiana's James Blackmon Jr. goes to the basket against Illinois's Maverick Morgan during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana defeated Illinois 96-80. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — James Blackmon Jr. scored 25 points, Thomas Bryant finished with 20 as No. 25 Indiana defeated Illinois 96-80 on Saturday for its first Big Ten Conference win of the season.

Illinois was scoreless for the first six minutes of the game, during which time the Hoosiers (11-5, 1-2) jumped out to a 13-0 lead. Indiana led for the entire game, and was up by as many as 22 points. Illinois pulled within 10 points of the Hoosiers with less than five minutes remaining in the game, but Indiana stretched its lead one final time.

Robert Johnson finished with 18 points for Indiana and OG Anunoby had 12 points.

Jalen Coleman-Lands and Malcolm Hill scored 21 points each and Maverick Morgan finished with 18 for Illinois (11-5, 1-2).

The Illini finished the first half shooting 29 percent from the field (7 of 24) and finished the game at 44 percent (24 of 54).

The Hoosiers made seven of 13 3-point attempts in the first half. Indiana’s offensive onslaught was a product of a balanced offense as 22 of the Hoosiers’ 29 field goals came by way of an assist.

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