Illini soars past Minnesota 94-63

Illini soars past Minnesota 94-63

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double of the season, Kofi Cockburn scored 22 points in 24 minutes, and No. 5 Illinois cruised past Minnesota 94-63. This was the seventh consecutive victory for the Illini. Trent Frazier added 15 points and six steals for Illinois, which improved to 15-5 overall and 12-3 in the Big Ten. The Illini had a 31-8 edge in fast-break points and forced 18 turnovers by the Gophers. Jamal Mashburn Jr. led Minnesota with 16 points and six rebounds.

Also in college basketball:

— Charlie Moore had a season-high 24 points as DePaul edged past St. John’s 88-83. Julian Champagnie led the Red Storm with 29 points and seven rebounds.

— Amari Davis had 20 points as Green Bay defeated Illinois-Chicago 69-59. Maurice Commander led the Flames with 12 points and six assists.

— Eighth-ranked Alabama is on the verge of clinching at least a share of its first SEC regular-season title in 19 years. Jaden Shackleford scored a season-high 27 points as the Crimson Tide downed Vanderbilt, 82-78. Jahvon Quinerly made a late 3-pointer and a clinching free throw with two seconds left to help Alabama quell the upset bid. Quinerly finished with 15 points for the Tide, who made just 10 of 39 3-point attempts and still improved to 13-5 overall. The Tide are 13-1 and one win away from clinching the conference crown.

— Drew Timme (TIH’-mee) scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half of top-ranked Gonzaga’s 26th consecutive win, a 106-69 dismantling of San Diego. Jalen Suggs added 17 points and Corey Kispert chipped in 16 as the Bulldogs ran the nation’s longest home winning streak to 49 games.

— Freshman Jaemyn Brakefield scored the go-ahead basket on a reverse layup with 1:58 left and Duke came up with a final-possession stop to complete a 66-65 upset of seventh-ranked Virginia. Matthew Hurt scored 22 points for the Blue Devils, who have won three straight to pad their hopes for an NCAA Tournament berth.

— Austin Reaves scored 20 points and ninth-ranked Oklahoma coughed up a 21-point, first-half lead before earning a wild 66-56 victory over Iowa State. The Cyclones took a 46-45 lead on Tre Jackson’s 3-pointer with 11:29 remaining, but the Sooners responded with a 16-4 run to grab the lead for good.

— Collin Gillespie finished with 20 points and 10th-ranked Villanova allowed just 30% shooting in the second half of a win against UConn, 68-60. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Villanova, which was playing first the first time since a poor defensive effort in a loss at Creighton last Saturday.

— Sean McNeil and No. 13 West Virginia erased a 19-point deficit in the second half, then withstood a flurry of last-second misses to hold off No. 12 Texas, 84-82. McNeil scored all 16 of his points in the second half, but he also committed two turnovers in the final 11 seconds to help the Longhorns stay in the game.

— Southern California’s seven-game winning streak is over after James Akinjo scored 20 points in Arizona’s 81-72 decision over the Pac-12 leaders. Jordan Brown had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Azuolas Tubelis added 16 points and a career-high 15 boards to help Sean Miller get his 300th victory as the Wildcats’ head coach.

— Raiquan Gray had 16 points and eight rebounds in helping No. 16 Florida State pick up its third win in a row, 79-72 versus Pittsburgh. Malik Moore contributed 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds for the 13-3 Seminoles, who led for over 35 minutes of the game but never by more than 11 points.

— Isaiah Jackson provided 16 points and Kentucky matched a season high with its third straight win, using an early 15-0 run to top No. 19 Tennessee, 70-55. Davion Mintz was accurate from the perimeter, hitting all five of his 3-point shots in the first half and finishing with 15 points.

— Dru Smith furnished 17 and Mark Smith 13 as No. 20 Missouri dumped South Carolina, 93-78 to end a three-game losing streak. The Smiths fueled a 25-12 run that helped the Tigers build a 19-point lead in the opening half.

— Christian Braun hit a corner 3 with 24 seconds left and David McCormack scored 17 points to guide 23rd-rated Kansas past No. 15 Texas Tech, 67-61. Ochai Agbaji (OH’-chay ahg-BAH’-zhee) had 14 points and Jalen Wilson added 11 as the Jayhawks dealt the Red Raiders their second straight loss.

— Jordan Schakel drained four 3-pointers by halftime and finished with 14 points as No. 25 San Diego State earned its eighth straight win, 75-57 versus Fresno State.