CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Roger Powell and Illinois continue to feel at home upstate in the United Center.
Powell scored 17 points as the 19th-ranked Fighting Illini posted a 75-60 victory over Illinois-Chicago.
Illinois (8-2) won its 10th straight game at the United Center, including an 84-61 rout of Arkansas on December 3. It improved to 23-6 overall at the home of the NBA's Chicago Bulls.
James Augustine and Luther Head each chipped in 13 points for Illinois, which has won four straight games. The Illini, who again played without starting shooting guard Deron Williams, have won nine in a row from the Flames.
"Deron was really the heart and soul of our team early on (this season)," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. "Dee (Brown) has really stepped up and played unselfish basketball. The freshmen have really stepped up. We are playing very well as a team."
Consecutive baskets by Powell gave Illinois an early 24-10 advantage and the lead grew to as many as 20 points in the first half. The Illini held the Flames to 29 percent first-half shooting in building a 44-27 halftime cushion.
Brown, shooting only 34 percent this season, struggled to a 1-of-8 performance. But the point guard handed out nine assists and kept Flames point man Martell Bailey in check. Bailey managed three points and Cedrick Banks, the Flames' leading scorer at 19.6 points, was held to nine.
"We knew Cedrick could score and we knew Martell could run the team, but I think we did a great job of containing them," Brown said.
Illinois-Chicago (9-4) lost its second straight on the heels of a three-game winning streak. The Flames played for the first time at the United Center.
"Their defense and size killed us," said Flames coach Jimmy Collins, a former Illinois assistant. "In the first half, I think we missed seven layups."
Freshman Brian Randle grabbed 11 rebounds as the Illini held a commanding 52-34 edge on the glass. They scored 24 points off 13 turnovers by the Flames.