LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Illinois is enjoying a pretty good trip to Hawaii so far.
Two more wins would make it truly special.
Brandon Paul hit six 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 26 points, and Illinois advanced to the winners' bracket of the EA Sports Maui Invitational for the fourth time in as many appearances with a 94-64 win over USC on Monday night.
The Illini figure to have a good shot to make it to the title game, as they play the host school, Division II Chaminade, on Tuesday at the Lahaina Civic Center.
The Silverswords upset Texas, 86-73, for just their seventh win in 83 games as host of the tournament.
Three days after D.J. Richardson's 3-pointer at the buzzer beat Hawaii in overtime on Oahu, the Illini (4-0) crushed USC (2-1) in the opening 20 minutes on Maui, leading 57-26 at the break.
Illinois shot 68 percent (22-for-32) in the first half, and Paul hit consecutive 3-pointers down the stretch to help the Illini go on a 15-2 run and lead by as many as 34.
USC coach Kevin O'Neill sensed his team was in trouble from the start, calling a timeout less than two minutes into the game after just two Illinois baskets.
The Trojans closed within a point before Illinois ripped off a 16-2 run.
Richardson continued his hot shooting from the outside, nailing back-to-back 3-pointers for a 22-9 Illinois lead.
Things continued to get out of hand for USC as Illinois poured on the pressure, converting two three-point plays on the way to a 33-14 advantage.
The Trojans wilted under Illinois' gritty man-to-man defense, committing 17 turnovers that led to 31 Illini points.
USC's starting trio of guards combined for nine turnovers to only one assist in the first half, allowing Illinois to put the game out of reach early.
Southern California, which is picked to finish ninth in the Pac-12, showed its inexperience. The Trojans' 17-man roster includes 12 players who are freshmen or sophomores.
USC returns four starters, but three missed significant time last season, including starting point guard Jio Fontan, who sat out the whole season due to a torn knee ligament.
Fontan finished with 10 points and five turnovers with only one assist. Eric Wise scored a team-high 13 points for USC, which cut the lead as low as 18 in the second half.
Richardson added 13 points, and Tracy Abrams had 11 points and eight assists for Illinois.