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|Richardson Leds No. 24 Illini Over Coppin State
|CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- D.J. Richardson scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures and No. 24 Illinois beat Coppin State 80-63 on Sunday night.
Illinois (10-0) hung on to remain one of nine undefeated teams in the nation despite the Eagles' hot shooting and pesky 2-3 zone defense.
Tony Gallo scored 21 points for Coppin State (3-5), which made 10 3-pointers.
After Illinois jumped out to a 17-point lead in the opening minutes of the second half, Coppin State went on a 20-5 run to cut the lead to 59-57. From there, Illinois responded with a four-guard lineup that provided enough offense down the stretch to seal the win.
Meyers Leonard had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Sam Maniscalco and Brandon Paul each scored 12 points for the Illini.
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