Cockburn, Illinois dominate Minnesota 76-53

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kofi Cockburn had 29 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high 4 blocks for his 8th double-double of the season and Illinois controlled Minnesota 76-53 on Tuesday night for its 4th straight win in the series.

Cockburn scored 5 points in a 9-0 go to open the 2nd half to assist develop a 50-30 lead, and Illinois led by a minimum of 18 points the remainder of the method.

Cockburn, who went into ranked 4th in the country in scoring at 21.8 points per video game and 3rd with 12.1 rebounds, was 10 of 19 from the field in spite of being double-teamed down low.

Jacob Grandison included 11 points and Alfonso Plummer, who went into balancing 22.9 points over the last 8 video games, scored 10 for Illinois (10-3), which has its very first 3-0 Huge 10 start considering that the 2010-11 season. The Illini controlled the paint, outscoring Minnesota 42-18 with a 52-26 edge in rebounding.

Cockburn and Grandison integrated for 11 points in a 13-5 game-opening run, and Illinois led by as lots of as 16 points in the very first half. Minnesota got within 35-28 after the Illini turned it over on 4 straight belongings, however it was 41-30 at halftime with 12 points from Cockburn.

Jamison Fight and sixth-year senior Eric Curry each scored 10 points for Minnesota (10-2, 1-2), which last beat Illinois on Jan. 30, 2019.

The Illini host Maryland on Thursday. Minnesota dips into Indiana on Sunday.


The video game was pressed back 2 days due to the fact that of COVID-19 cases in the Illinois program, and both groups were betting the very first time in 13 days. Illinois needed to cancel its video game on Dec. 29 versus Florida A&M, and Minnesota’s video game on Dec. 29 was canceled due to the fact that of COVID-19 cases in the Alcorn State program.


In 3 previous video games versus the Gophers, the 7-foot, 285-pound Cockburn had 68 points and 29 rebounds. His 33-point efficiency in Illinois on Dec. 15, 2020, is his high for a Huge 10 video game and the second-highest scoring overall of his profession. Minnesota had Curry safeguarding Cockburn for the majority of the video game, quiting 3 inches and 40 pounds because match.


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