NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Ticker) -- Good things have come in threes for No. 3 Illinois this season.
Roger Powell Jr., Dee Brown and Deron Williams combined for 45 points to lead Illinois to a 72-60 win over Arkansas.
The win came just three days after the Fighting Illini routed top-ranked Wake Forest, 91-73, in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge behind 26 points and 12 assists in the first half alone from the trio of Brown, Luther Head and Williams.
Powell, who had a game-high 19 points in the win over the Demon Deacons, scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting in this one.
Brown and Williams, who finished with a pair of 3-pointers each, added 14 and 13 points respectively for Illinois (6-0), which built a 40-31 lead at halftime.
The Razorbacks cut their deficit to 57-53 behind a pair of free throws by Charles Thomas, but could not get any closer.
Powell answered with a layup and added a free throw a few seconds later.
"Overall, we played pretty good defensively," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. The Fighting Illini held the Razorbacks, who came into the game shooting 51 percent, to 36.5 (19-of-52) percent shooting and was plus-seven on the boards.
"They had good shooters and good guards," Weber said. "If they get their big guys to be productive, they'll be a pretty good team. Roger stepped up and made big plays for us."
"This was a game where we could gauge ourselves and see where we are right now," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said. "We wanted to be in a position to win and we almost got there today."
A young team with just one senior on the roster, the Razorbacks struggled on free throws in the second half, missing 10-of-18. They finished 17-of-32 at the stripe.
"We shot a lot of free throws during a stretch and we didn't convert," Heath said. "There were a few possessions where we really hurt ourselves by missing the shot, or getting the foul but not making the free throw. Honestly, though, I'm not that disappointed in the way we played overall."
Luther Head added eight points for the Fighting Illini, who committed 14 turnovers in the contest after recording just 13 in their previous two games combined.
Illinois, which has beat Arkansas in each of its last four seasons, leads the all-time series 5-0.
Ronnie Brewer, the son of former Arkansas star Ron Brewer, scored 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting for the Razorbacks (5-1), who were held way below their season average of 81 points per game.
Thomas and Olu Famutimi had nine points apiece for Arkansas.