CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) –Dain Dainja scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and led No. 23 Illinois to an 86-48 win over Kansas City on Friday night.
Terrence Shannon Jr. added 14 points and five assists for the Illini (2-0).
Shemarri Allen led the Roos (0-3) with 20 points and eight rebounds on 9-of-19 shooting.
Shannon opened the scoring with a vicious dunk, but Illinois fell behind 9-5 early missing 17 of its first 18 shots.
Dainja broke the drought by knocking down a fadeaway jumper and fouling after grabbing an offensive rebound. He hit the ensuing free throw and Matthew Mayer drilled a 3 on the next possession, part of a 21-4 run that the Illini rebuilt to take a comfortable 17-point lead into the half. time.
The Roos missed 10 of their last 11 shots in the first half and shot 31.3 percent for the night.
Hawkins capped a 9-0 run with an emphatic snap in transition to put the game away and give Illinois a 61-34 for Illinois with 11:38 left. Dainja dismissed RayQuawndis Mitchell’s layup at the other end for good measure.
Kansas City: The Roos made it tough on the Illini early on with a big effort on the glass and mixing up in some areas, although they were clearly overwhelmed. Coach Marvin Menzies’ squad appears to be lacking perimeter shooters, which was also evident in a 59-56 loss to Division II Lincoln (Missouri) on Monday when the Roos went 5 of 25 at long distance.
Illinois: The result was hardly ever in question on Friday, but this Illinois team seems to be struggling with shot selection so far against average-sized opponents. That will have to improve if the Illini do well in Las Vegas in games against No. 12 Texas and No. 5 Baylor or No. 18 Virginia later this month.
Kansas City: Hosts Calvary Bible, who plays in the Association of Christian College Athletics, on Monday.
Illinois: Hosts Monmouth on Monday.