Dosunmu, Curbelo Lead No. 8 Illinois Past Chicago State

Dosunmu, Curbelo Lead No. 8 Illinois Past Chicago State

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.: Ayo Dosunmu scored 22 points, freshman Andres Curbelo added 18 and No. 8 Illinois beat Chicago State 97-38 on Thursday.

The Illini (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) never trailed in the game, scoring the first nine points and leading 47-17 at halftime. Big man Kofi Cockburn had 13 points and 5 rebounds at the break.

Adam Miller scored 15 points and Cockburn finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. It was Cockburns 14th double-double in 34 career games and his second consecutive one.

Illinois shot 36 of 60 (60%) from the field and 7 of 18 (39%) from 3-point range.

Xavier Johnson led Chicago State (0-2, 0-0 Western Athletic Conference) with 10 points.

The tournament hasnt been productive for the Cougars, a last-minute addition to the four-team tournament when Wright State pulled out due to


concerns. Ohio beat them 86-61 on Wednesday.

Chicago State coach Lance Irvin has opted out of the season due to


concerns. Assistant Rodell Davis is coaching the team in Irvins absence.


Illinois coach Brad Underwoods game plan focused on forcing the ball inside after his team hit a program-record 17 3-pointers on Wednesday in a 122-60 rout of North Carolina A&T.

It worked. Illinois scored 52 points in the paint on Thursday, many of them on dunks and layups after beating the Cougars defense.


Chicago State: Plays North Carolina A&T in the third round of the tournament on Friday.

Illinois: Hosts Ohio in the third round of the tournament Friday before facing its first real test on Dec. 2 against No. 2 Baylor.


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