Paul went 10-of-16 from the field and 10-of-11 at the free-throw line for the Illini (10-0), who bested a ranked opponent for the first time in seven tries.
Tracy Abrams added 14 points and D.J. Richardson also reached double figures with 11 for the victors.
The Bulldogs (9-1) tumbled for the first time this season despite 16 points and eight rebounds from Kelly Olynyk, and 15 points, seven boards and four assists from Elias Harris.
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]