Griffin, Dosunmu spark Illini win, but Williams hurt
CHAMPAIGN — Alan Griffin scored 15 points and Ayo Dosunmu added 14, leading Illinois to a 69-55 victory against Old Dominion on Saturday at the State Farm Center.
Freshman center Kofi Cockburn had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Illini (8-3), narrowly missing his seventh double-double. A.J. Oliver II led Old Dominion (3-8) with a game-high 17 points. Xavier Green added 13 points for the Monarchs.
Illinois guard Da’Monte Williams left the game midway through the first half with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. Williams, in obvious pain, was taken to the locker room and returned to the game a few minutes later after receiving medical attention.
The Illini, who defeated No. 3 Michigan on Wednesday, led 40-25 at the half, holding the Monarchs scoreless the final 3 minutes, 21 seconds before the break. Illinois opened the game with a 7-0 run and led 13-4 early. Cockburn was everywhere, blocking shots on one end and dunking the ball on the other.