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|Illinois Has Little Trouble Beating Iowa
|CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Freshman D.J. Richardson scored 17 to lead Illinois to a 59-42 Big Ten win over struggling Iowa Tuesday.
Richardson started the game from the bench for the first time in his college career. But entered the game early for Illinois (10-5, 2-0) and hit five three-pointers. He was 6-of-11 from the floor.
The Illini went on a 20-1 run early in the first half to open up a 22-4 lead that Iowa (5-10, 0-3) couldn't overcome.
Iowa closed to within 39-24 early in the second half but pushed no closer.
Illinois moved into an early-season tie atop the conference with Purdue and Wisconsin.
The Hawkeyes were led by Eric May's 9 points. They have lost five of their last eight games and are last in the Big Ten.
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