12/03 20:33 CST Plummer, Cockburn lead Illinois past Rutgers 86-51
Plummer, Cockburn lead Illinois past Rutgers 86-51
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) --- Alfonso Plummer scored 24 points, Kofi Cockburn had a
double-double and Illinois cruised to an 86-51 victory over Rutgers on Friday
night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Cockburn, who came in leading the nation in scoring at 26.8 points per game,
scored a season-low 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting and grabbed a season-high 15
rebounds. Jacob Grandison added 16 points for Illinois (6-2).
Hawkins hit a 3-pointer and then Williams hit another to gave Illinois the lead
for good and spark a 16-2 run that made it 18-7 with 11 minutes left in the
first half. Ron Harper Jr. answered with two free throws but Grandison had 10
points as the Illini scored 14 of the next 18 to make it 32-13 about five
minutes later and Illinois led by double figures the rest of the way.
Jaden Jones led Rutgers (4-4) with 10 points. Harper, who went into the game
leading the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game, finished with five points
on 1-of-9 shooting.
The Scarlet Knights shot just 31% (21 of 68) from the field and made just 2 of
4 from the free-throw line.
Illinois made 32 of 66 (48%) overall, hit 12 3-pointers and outrebounded
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