CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – With alleged American guard Ayo Dosunmu With a facial injury, Illinois needed their entire team to get ahead to win a Big Ten game, and Dosunmu’s teammates answered the call in the final at the Illini’s home.
Six Illini scored seven or more points in a 86-70 win by Nebraska (5-17, 1-14 Big Ten) to take over from the Big Ten’s second leading scorer sitting on the sideline after being shot in the face . in Tuesday’s loss at Michigan State. The No. 5 Illinois (17-6, 13-4 Big Ten) ends his home schedule with an 11-3 record.
Kofi cockburn (24 points, seven rebounds) were often hacked for the second game in a row, leading Brad underwood to punish umpires for much of the game, but Nebraska still couldn’t hold back Illini’s big man. Cockburn scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half and scored nine straight points during a two-minute stretch in the second half. After shooting 3 of 11 from the free throw line at Michigan State, Cockburn shot 8 of 10 from the free throw line, making his last eight.
First year guards Adam miller Y André Curbelo They both played well, giving a glimpse of what Illini’s biggest player duo will likely be next season after Dosunmu, a junior, likely enters the NBA Draft. Illinois paid tribute to Dosunmu during the evening ceremony for seniors before kickoff. Miller scored 18 points, including 16 in the first half, for his high scoring performance since scoring an Illini first-year debut record of 28 points in the season opener. Curbelo flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 10 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
Junior Forward Jacob grandison scored 14 points, the season-high, on seven rebounds, while the senior guard Da’Monte Williams He had eight points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists in potentially his last game at State Farm Center.
In the meantime, Trent frazier added seven points and closed Nebraska’s Teddy Allen to five points and four turnovers after Allen scored 41 points against Penn State on Tuesday.
Senior walk-on Zach Griffith, a native of Fisher, Illinois, made his first run as part of Senior Night.
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Game statistics: Five technical fouls in the first half, including two double techniques and one on the Illinois bench, and an intentional foul was called during a physical game that the umpires had a hard time containing, especially in the first half.
After shooting 15 of 34 at the rim at Michigan State, Illinois made 16 of 18 attempts at the rim Thursday, including seven dunks.
After shooting 11 of 24 from the free throw line in the second half at Michigan State, Illini was 18 of 22 from the charity line in the second half Thursday.
Illinois outscored Nebraska 46-32 in the paint and rebounded the Huskers 43-29. Both teams combined to shoot just 9 of 44 from three.
Game Star: Cockburn and Miller scored more points, but Curbelo had his hands throughout this game. The first-year point guard will be running the show next season, and he looked great playing Nebraska defense while also being a pest on the glass, helping to drive the pace in transition. He fell within a few assists of the third triple-double in six games for Illinois, a reminder that Illinois only had two in its entire history before this month, but would have hit the mark if his teammates had made some wide shots. plus. . Just a dominant performance for potentially the next face of Illinois basketball.
Don’t overlook: Cockburn seemed close to breaking after many more hard fouls, a strategy Michigan State used to its advantage against Michigan State. But he had long conversations on the bench with strength coach Adam Fletcher, assistant coach. Orlando Antigua and Underwood, and the big man bounced back with a mentally focused and charged second half.
What does it mean: Illinois lost a game Tuesday for the first time in more than a month and lost its star shooting guard indefinitely, but responded with one of its best team efforts of the season. Brad underwood It’s going to feel great about that performance, and it should. This is a winning show and culture, and one that not only bodes well in the short term but also in the long term. That kind of performance gives Illinois a chance Saturday even if Dosunmu misses another game.
Whats Next: Illinois begins a three-game road streak against qualified opponents to end the regular season with a trip to No. 23 Wisconsin on Saturday (1 pm ESPN). The Illini have won back-to-back games thanks to two strong performances by Dosunmu. Last year at Madison, Dosunmu scored a team-high 18 points, including clutch buckets in the final minutes, to lead Illinois to its first win over Wisconsin in nine years. On February 6, Illini defeated Wisconsin 75-60 and on February 6 he defeated Champaign behind Dosunmu’s triple-double of 21 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. The Badgers (16-8, 10-7) have lost consecutive games at home to Michigan and Iowa.