PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Deron Williams and Dee Brown feasted on Temple's matchup zone.
Williams and Brown each drained four 3-pointers as part of a hot-shooting effort for the No. 12 Fighting Illini en route to a 75-60 victory over Temple at the Palestra.
Illinois (3-0) bolted to an 11-1 lead as Williams made a pair of 3-pointers and Brown added one, shredding Temple coach John Chaney's famed defense. Brown's fast-break layup made it 22-5 with 13:14 to go in the first half.
"It's basically just all confidence," Williams said. "That's how I can explain it."
Illinois shot 41 percent (9-of-22) from the arc and 53 percent (27-of-51) overall. It made eight of its first 12 shots in building a 27-7 cushion.
The Fighting Illini were well-prepared for Temple's defense, finding the open man on the perimeter. They had 22 assists on 27 baskets, including five each by Brown, Williams and Nick Smith.
"I thought the start was very crucial for us," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. "You come on the road for the first time against a team that plays the zones that you can't even simulate in practice, but I thought our kids did a great job of moving the basketball."
Roger Powell led the Fighting Illini with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Brown netted 18 points and Williams chipped in 16.
"We were able to find the gaps and that's how you beat a zone," Powell said. "The coaches had a great game plan for us and we executed."
The speedy Brown spearheaded the offensive strategy by slowing down his game in order to run the offense efficiently. He had just two turnovers, giving him only eight on the season.
Temple (0-2) lost for the second straight year to Illinois, having dropped a 70-54 decision last season in Chicago. David Hawkins led the Owls with 28 points.
"I just don't have enough firepower on this club," Chaney said. "David can't carry us the rest of the season. He's a great player."
Powell made 6-of-7 shots and Williams 6-of-8. James Augustine added nine points and nine rebounds.
While Illinois was on target from the outside, Temple was not. The Owls were a dismal 4-of-18 on 3-pointers and are shooting 26 percent (14-of-53) this season.