CHAMPAIGN, Illinois (Ticker) -- Illinois easily shook off one of its worst losses in several seasons.
Roger Powell scored 19 points and Luther Head added 16 as the 14th-ranked Fighting Illini extended their home winning streak to 20 games with an 85-43 rout of rusty Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Illinois (5-2) returned from a humbling 70-51 loss to to Providence at New York's Madison Square Garden in which it shot a woeful 31 percent in the second half and committed 22 turnovers.
The Illini looked much better back at Assembly Hall, scoring the first 16 points of the game and building a 46-19 halftime lead as they prepare for Saturday's game with Memphis.
Illinois shot 59 percent (19-of-32) in the first half and 51 percent overall.
Head opened the game with a dunk and Powell and James Augustine each had six points in the 16-0 spurt. Jason McKinnon got the Hawks' first basket 16 minutes into the game.
Tee Trotter scored 12 points for Maryland-Eastern Shore (0-2), which was playing for the first time since an 85-61 loss at Auburn on November 23. Trotter made just 5-of-14 shots as the Hawks connected at 25 percent (15-of-60) from the field.
The Hawks do not play again until December 21 at Robert Morris.
Each team substituted liberally in the second half, when Illinois led by as many as 45 points.
All 12 players used by the Illini scored, although Powell and Head were the only ones in double figures.