No. 12 Illinois dominates next 50 percent to defeat Northwestern

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Following heading into the 50 percent down 15 details, No. 12 Illinois dominated the next 50 percent to defeat host Northwestern 81-56 in Evanston, Sick.

The Combating Illini outscored the Wildcats 53-13 in the second 50 %, together with a 17- operate more than six-and-a-fifty percent minutes in the center of the second 50 % to go from down 48-41 to up 58-48.

Illinois (9-3, 5-1 Large Ten) shot 59.4 % in the 2nd half, when Northwestern (6-4, 3-3) nailed only two of its 24 photographs to go 8.3 % from the subject. The Wildcats experienced nine turnovers in the fifty percent.

Kofi Cockburn led the second-50 percent charge, compiling a double-double in the fifty percent by itself, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He finished with 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting and 12 rebounds.

Ayo Dosunmu experienced 15 details, six helps and 5 rebounds while Trent Frazier and Adam Miller the two had 14 factors.

The 1st fifty percent was considerably far more well balanced, with both equally teams trading baskets for the most of the very first 15 minutes. About the final 5 minutes, the Wildcats pulled away.

Northwestern went on a 12- run to go up by 16 ideal right before the finish of the 50 percent. A singular Giorgi Bezhanishvili free toss ahead of the buzzer set the halftime deficit for the Fighting Illini at 43-28.

The Wildcats strike 16 of their 31 photographs in the 50 percent.

Illinois opened the second 50 percent with 8 straight details, forcing a Northwestern timeout. Right after equally groups scored 5 details just about every, the Fighting Illini went on their 17- run.

Five diverse players scored all through the streak, with Cockburn primary the way with three layups.

Northwestern did not hit a solitary discipline target in the ultimate seven-and-a-fifty percent minutes, with Robbie Beran hitting the only two subject aims of the 2nd 50 %.

Beran led Northwestern with 11 points, when Boo Buie unsuccessful to rating for the 2nd consecutive sport.

–Subject Level Media