Illinois stays perfect at 12-0 with 66-53 win over Eastern Kentucky

Like Henson, who spends a big chunk of his year in Las Cruces, N.M., the fans also are coming back. No. 10 Illinois was supported by a crowd of 15,029, its largest of the season and one of the biggest walk-up crowds at Assembly Hall.

The Illini rewarded Henson and their growing bandwagon by defeating previously unbeaten Eastern Kentucky 66-53 to improve to 12-0.

"I told coach Henson for his first game back that I'd wear the orange coat out of respect for him," Groce said. "He was here 21 seasons. He was a terrific coach. He's been a great sounding board for me. And he's an even better person. You can tell by the response he gets from people. He loves people, and he loves the Fighting Illini."

Herb Gould





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