CHAMPAIGN, Illinois (Ticker) -- When it comes to reaching milestones, No. 1 Illinois hit a trifecta.
Luther Head scored 19 points and led four players in double figures as Illinois remained undefeated with a 90-64 victory over Penn State in a Big Ten Conference contest.
By winning their first 17 games, the Fighting Illini tied the best start in school history, matching the 1988-1989 squad that made the Final Four while becoming the 15th school to reach 1,500 victories.
Illinois (17-0, 3-0 Big Ten) also set a school record with 15 3-pointers and shot 44 percent (15-of-34) from the arc.
"They (the guards) really move the ball and have a better feel for how to attack (a zone)," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. "I still would like to get more touches. But sometimes the guards are so used to each other that they miss opportunities to look inside, because ... they are making shots."
The Illini made it look easy in the first half by shooting 50 percent (16-of-32) from the floor and going on a 20-2 spurt for a 41-25 lead at intermission. Head scored the first eight points for the Illini and had 13 at halftime.
In winning for the 15th time by double digits this season, Illinois shot 56 percent (34-of-61) from the floor and forced 16 turnovers.
"These guys (Penn State) came out early with some good energy," Weber said. "I want us to attack a little earlier and not let them control the tempo. We have had so many of those 17-2, 21-4 starts early, now it is a little different. We are a veteran club and sometimes figure things out naturally on the court."
Dee Brown scored 15 points while Deron Williams had 11 with 12 assists to help the Illini win their 15th straight home game.
"Deron started shot-faking, getting into the teeth of the defense, reading it with little dips," Weber said. "He did some very good things on the offensive end. I think he is relaxed, not worried about his shot. He is playing good basketball, helping us win and doing the things he does best."
Head and Brown each hit five 3-pointers as Illinois raised its record at Assembly Hall to 72-3 since 2000.
Freshman Geary Claxton scored 18 points for Penn State (6-10, 0-3), which has lost eight of its last nine games.