CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- A big time first half propelled No. 19 Illinois to a 103-65 win over Monmouth on Monday night.

Illinois led 8-0 just 44 seconds in thanks to a three-pointer by Terrence Shannon Jr, a steal and layup from RJ Melendez and a three from Skyy Clark.

Shannon finished with a team-high 30 points.

Freshman guard Jayden Epps scored a season-high 21 points and Dain Dainja finished with 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting for the Illini.

Illinois led 63-33 at halftime after shooting 76.7% in the first half.

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