Saturday , Jan , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Williams leads top-seeded Illini to win

=== Williams leads top-seeded Illini to win ====

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – Deron Williams scored 18 points to lead top-
ranked Illinois to a 67-45 victory over No. 22 Cincinnati in the championship
game of the Las Vegas Holiday Classic at the Valley Athletic Complex.

Dee Brown and Roger Powell, Jr. each had 13 points for the Fighting Illini
(14-0), who are off to their best start since the 1988-89 team began 17-0.

Jason Maxiell scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Bearcats
(11-1), who lost for the first time this season and failed to atone for a
92-68 defeat to Illinois in last year’s NCAA second round.

“We had good looks and were not hitting [the shots],” said Cincinnati head
coach Bob Huggins. “We did not help ourselves. We need to rebound better.”

The Illini led by 11 at halftime and Williams increased the advantage to 38-24
with a three-pointer out of the break. Illinois continued to build its lead
and went on top 45-28 on a field goal by Williams with just over 13 minutes
left in the contest.

A three-pointer by Luther Head with just over four minutes remaining kept the
Illini comfortably ahead, 60-39, and Cincinnati never threatened.