CHAMPAIGN, Illinois (Ticker) -- Deron Williams, Luther Head and No. 1 Illinois continue to roll.
Williams scored 23 points and Head added 20 as Illinois cruised to a 105-79 victory over Longwood in the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.
The Fighting Illini improved to 12-0, matching the 1907-08 squad for the fourth-best start in school history. The school's best start is 17 straight in 1988-89 - its last Final Four season.
Combining for 24 points on 64 percent (9-of-14) shooting in the first half, Williams and Head helped the Fighting Illini open a 56-43 halftime lead.
In the second half, Illinois put the game out of reach with a 16-0 run for an 89-65 advantage with 5:57 remaining. Williams and Head, who both finished with four 3-pointers, each had a basket from the arc during the spurt.
"These guys just couldn't stop us," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. It was almost good for us that it didn't go that good for us because now, it clicked in a little bit (in the second), the intensity, great fan explosion, it really got loud in here and you just sit back and enjoy it."
Illinois reached the century mark for the first time under second-year coach Weber. The last time it scored 100 or more at Assembly Hall was a 107-71 victory over Loyola-Chicago on December 20, 1999.
Although he struggled from the field with just eight points, Dee Brown handed out a career-high 13 assists with a turnover. On the season, the junior guard has averaged 5.9 assists and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.73.
James Augustine scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Fighting Illini, who shot 54 percent (42-of-78) from the floor en route to their 11th double-digit victory this season.
Michael Jefferson scored 30 points with five 3-pointers and Chad Kosmo and Husein Pistoljevic had 12 apiece for Longwood (1-14), which fell to 0-8 on the road in its first full NCAA Division I season.
Lamar Barrett and Leland Beale had 10 points apiece for the Lancers, who matched Illinois with 53 percent (32-of-60) shooting, but committed 22 turnovers.
Both teams will travel to Las Vegas for the conclusion of the Holiday Classic. Illinois will face Northwestern State and Longwood will meet No. 17 Cincinnati on Thursday.
"We gave up way too many easy shots," Weber said. "We have a couple of days to practice in Vegas and there is no doubt we have to get better and guard somebody."