INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The three-guard attack of Luther Head, Deron Williams and Dee Brown was too much for Gonzaga to handle.
Head and Williams each scored 20 points and Brown added 17 to lead No. 4 Illinois to an 89-72 victory over the 25th-ranked Bulldogs in the John Wooden Tradition at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Illinois' guards put on quite a show for Wooden, the legendary former UCLA coach. Unfortunately, Gonzaga (3-1), which is second only to Duke in wins over the last six years, was not much competition for Illinois (4-0).
The performance also showed that Illinois is ready for top-ranked Wake Forest. The teams meet Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Head, Williams and Brown combined to hit 12-of-22 shots from 3-point range, doubling Gonzaga's total from the arc.
"Our guards were great," Illinois coach Bruce Weber. "They took control from the beginning and that first half was about as good as I could expect us to play at this stage of the season."
Williams scored seven of his points in the first five minutes when the Fighting Illini forced seven turnovers and raced to a 18-4 lead. They continued to pull away and built the advantage to 58-27 at halftime, hitting 10-of-17 shots from 3-point range.
A 3-pointer by Brown with 12:11 left gave Illinois its biggest lead at 79-41.
"This is a great start for the season for us, but we have a long long way to go," Brown said. "They (Gonzaga) have a good program over there and we knew we had to come at them hard."
Gonzaga went on a 31-10 run over the final 12 minutes to make the final score respectable.
"They just took it to us from the start and we never recovered," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "That's a quality team. They won the Big Ten (regular season) title last year and went to the Sweet 16. This year, they look like they can be as good as anybody."
Adam Morrison led the Bulldogs with 26 points and 11 rebounds.
Gonzaga star forward Ronny Turiaf, who scored a career-high 40 points in a win over Idaho on Wednesday, was held to 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting and committed six turnovers.
"They doubled down in the post and I made some poor passes," Turiaf said.
Gonzaga especially missed guard Blake Stepp, the two-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year who graduated last season. Without him, the Bulldogs were dominated in the backcourt.