CHAMPAIGN, Illinois (Ticker) -- James Augustine was looking to add more hardware to his trophy case against Indiana.
Augustine, the reigning Big Ten Conference Player of the Week, scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half as top-ranked Illinois continued its hunt for a perfect season with a 60-47 victory over Indiana.
The Fighting Illini (23-0, 9-0 Big Ten) used a strong start to the first half and another to begin the second en route to recording its fifth straight win against the Hoosiers.
Augustine, a 6-10 junior, picked up his second weekly conference award on January 31 after averaging 14.5 points on 83 percent shooting (10-of-12), 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in wins over Wisconsin and Minnesota last week.
In this one, Augustine scored eight of his team's first 10 points, slamming home a dunk for a 10-1 lead with 13:52 to play. Reserve Nick Smith added a jumper to push Illinois' advantage to 20-3 with 8:38 remaining in the first half.
"James was very good," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. "We wanted to go inside. It was one of the things we talked about, whoever they didn't put (center D.J.) White on, the other guy for us was going to get the ball inside."
Indiana (10-10, 5-4) rallied behind seven points by White, including a jumper from the left baseline that beat the buzzer and sent Indiana into the looker room with only a 26-20 deficit.
"We've really played some emotional games and I think that the guys just weren't mentally ready today," Weber said. "We lost a little motivation with Bracey (Wright) being out, but the guys felt disappointed, so I think they'll be geared up for Michigan."
Wright, Indiana's leading scorer who is second in the Big Ten with 18.5 points per game, did not play due to an ankle injury he suffered in a win against Penn State on Wednesday.
Augustine picked up the slack, opening the second half with two free throws and two layups to help the Illini push their lead to 41-24 with 14:38 remaining.
Luther Head scored 13 points and Dee Brown added 12 for Illinois, which has won its nine conference games by an average of 14.4 points. Deron Williams, who shot 0-of-7 from the field with a season-low one point, handed out 11 of the Illini's 15 assists.
"Deron made some great passes in the paint, which I was able to take advantage of," Augustine said.
Augustine finished 6-of-9 from the floor with five rebounds and four blocks. The junior is averaging 12.6 points on 69 percent (37-of-54) shooting along with 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in conference play.
White and Robert Vaden scored 12 points apiece for Indiana, which shot 38 (17-of-45) and committed 15 turnovers to absorb its third loss in its last four games.