Grif­fin, Do­sunmu spark Illini win, but Wil­liams hurt

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - COLLEGE -

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.


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