CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- The Illinois men's basketball team started off their regular season with a win.

The Illini defeated Eastern Illinois 87-57 at the State Farm Center.

Illinois was led by Terrence Shannon Jr. who had a game-high 24 points.

Coleman Hawkins looked sharp as well. He made five threes in the first half as he put up a career-high 23 points. He also added 12 rebounds.

Dain Dainja came off the bench and impressed. He played 16 minutes and tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds.

As a team, Illinois collected nine blocks.

The Illini's next game is at home on Friday against Kansas City. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 PM.

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