The Illini concluded their 2015 overseas tour in a big way on Monday by defeating AMW Select (Paris) 96-77. Leron Black, who's been the team MVP based on his cumulative stats, once again led the way with his third double-double of the trip (21 points & 15 rebounds).
The team trailed by as much as 11 points early on, but a huge 25-3 run in the second quarter gave them a 54-42 lead at halftime and they didn't look back.
#Illini with a buzzer-beater for the second straight quarter as Aaron Jordan drains a 30-footer. Illinois leads 54-42 at the half.— Illini Basketball (@IlliniMBB) August 17, 2015
Illinois' starters for Monday's game were D.J. Williams, Mike LaTulip, Alex Austin, Leron Black, and Michael Finke. It was the team's fourth different lineup in as many games.
<blockquote class="twitter-video" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Highlights from the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Illini?src=hash">#Illini</a> 96-77 victory over AMW Select Monday in Paris. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/eurotrip?src=hash">#eurotrip</a> <a href="http://t.co/RnYOr8OaLd">http://t.co/RnYOr8OaLd</a></p>— Illini Basketball (@IlliniMBB) <a href="https://twitter.com/IlliniMBB/status/633430564943491072">August 18, 2015</a></blockquote>
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- Jalen Coleman-Lands (foot stress fracture)
- Darius Paul (shoulder, arrest, suspension)
- Tracy Abrams (Achilles tendon, not traveling with team)
- Khalid Lewis (not traveling with team)
The team's next game is on November 8th against Illinois-Springfield (exhibition). The Illini are scheduled to spend their remaining time overseas touring Paris before flying back into Chicago on Wednesday. We'll have a full summary of the team's trip later this week.