Tracy Abrams contributed 13 points for the undefeated Fighting Illini (12-0). Joseph Bertrand accounted for 11 points and seven boards as Coach John Groce tied Fletcher Lane (1907-08) for the best start to a season of any first-year Illinois coach.
Paul also grabbed nine rebounds.
Eastern Kentucky (9-1) was led by Corey Walden's 21 points.
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