GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Illinois 90, Rutgers 68


By PHILLIP B. WILSON
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - Ayo Dosunmu scored 23 points and No. 3 Illinois easily beat Rutgers 90-68 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

The junior guard was too quick in creating open looks off the dribble, often provided chances for teammates. Dosunmu shot 8 for 11 from the field, 7 of 9 from the line and added six assists and five rebounds.

Illinois (21-6) has won 12 of its last 13 games and avenged a regular-season loss to Rutgers (15-11) to advance to Saturday's semifinals against the winner of No. 5 Iowa and Wisconsin.

When the second-seeded Illini weren't hitting shots, they were forcing the action with drives to the rim and getting fouled. Illinois made 21 of 31 free throws. Seventh-seeded Rutgers converted 16 of 22.

Center Kofi Cockburn threw around his 7-foot, 285-pound frame, and had four emphatic dunks. He finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Illinois dominated the boards 44-19, including 17-3 in offensive rebounds.

Rutgers reduced a 19-point halftime deficit to 13 early in the second half, but got no closer.

Ron Harper Jr. scored 21 points and Jacob Young had 13 for the Scarlet Knights.

The Illini scored the first nine points. Rutgers closed within four points before Illinois pulled away. Cockburn punctuated the early effort with a one-handed dunk off an offensive rebound for a 45-26 lead in the final minute of the first half.

March 12, 2021


Rutgers
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
M. Johnson C 16 3-3 0-0 0-0 0-5 0 1 2 0 5 6
R. Harper Jr. G 34 7-13 7-9 0-1 1-2 1 0 3 0 1 21
J. Young G 31 6-13 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 3 5 3 13
G. Baker G 30 4-8 1-1 1-5 0-3 1 1 0 2 3 10
P. Mulcahy G 15 1-2 3-4 0-1 0-1 0 1 0 2 5 5
M. Mathis   21 2-5 3-4 0-1 1-1 0 0 1 0 2 7
C. Omoruyi   18 2-4 1-2 1-2 0-3 1 1 0 0 2 6
C. McConnell   12 0-3 0-0 0-1 0-1 1 1 0 2 3 0
M. Doucoure   6 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Mag   6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Jones   4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0
O. Palmquist   3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Reiber   3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 25-54
(.463)
16-22
(.727)
2-11
(.182)
3-19 7 5 9 11 24 68


Illinois
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Grandison F 22 3-5 2-2 0-1 2-3 1 0 0 2 4 8
K. Cockburn C 27 6-10 6-11 0-0 7-12 0 1 2 2 2 18
A. Dosunmu G 32 8-11 7-9 0-2 2-5 6 0 3 5 1 23
T. Frazier G 30 4-7 0-0 0-2 0-1 4 0 1 1 4 8
A. Miller G 25 5-10 0-0 2-5 2-5 2 0 2 1 1 12
D. Williams   23 2-4 3-4 2-4 1-5 1 0 0 0 3 9
A. Curbelo   15 2-8 3-5 0-1 0-2 1 0 0 2 2 7
G. Bezhanishvili   10 1-3 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 0 3 2
Z. Griffith   5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Bosmans-Verdonk   3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 1 0 0
C. Hawkins   3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 1 0 0 0 1 0
T. Underwood   3 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 3
C. Serven   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 32-61
(.525)
21-31
(.677)
5-17
(.294)
17-44 16 1 8 15 21 90

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