CHAMPAIGN, Ill (WCCU/WICS/WRSP) - It was a record-setting return to the court for the Fighting Illini.
After a long 262 days since playing a game, No. 8 Illinois dominated North Carolina A&T 122-60 in the season opener at the State Farm Center on Wednesday.
Highly touted freshman Adam Miller would hit back-to-back three pointers to give the Illini an early lead that they would never relinquish. Those three point shots, just the start of a special collegiate debut for Miller. The Morgan Park graduate would go 6-8 from three point range, and break Brandon Paul's freshman debut scoring record with 28 points.
Miller's former high school teammate Ayo Dosunmu would also drop 28 points on the Aggies, marking a new career-high. Dosunmu would also have 10 rebounds and 5 assists for his first double-double of the season. Returning sophomore Kofi Cockburn would also put forth a double-double in the win, scoring 18 points with 10 rebounds of his own. Jacob Grandison scored 10 points with 7 rebounds in his Illini debut as well.
As a team, the Illini would also set a program-record with 17 made threes, shooting 17-31 from three point range in the win.
No. 8 Illinois (1-0) is back in action at the State Farm Center on Thursday hosting Chicago State (0-1) at 11 am on BTN.