Coffey scores 18 to help Minnesota beat Illinois 86-75

  • Minnesota's Jordan Murphy (3) drives around Illinois' Tevian Jones (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis.

    Minnesota's Jordan Murphy (3) drives around Illinois' Tevian Jones (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. Associated Press

  • Minnesota's Amir Coffey (5) shoots against Illinois' Giorgi Bezhanishvili (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis.

    Minnesota's Amir Coffey (5) shoots against Illinois' Giorgi Bezhanishvili (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. Associated Press

  • Illinois' Trent Frazier (1) tries to go between Minnesota's Amir Coffey (5) and Isaiah Washington (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis.

    Illinois' Trent Frazier (1) tries to go between Minnesota's Amir Coffey (5) and Isaiah Washington (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. Associated Press

  • Illinois' Kipper Nichols (2) blocks the shot of Minnesota's Jordan Murphy during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis.

    Illinois' Kipper Nichols (2) blocks the shot of Minnesota's Jordan Murphy during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. Associated Press

  • Illinois' Tevian Jones (5) tries to work around Minnesota's Dupree McBrayer during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis.

    Illinois' Tevian Jones (5) tries to work around Minnesota's Dupree McBrayer during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. Associated Press

  • Minnesota's Eric Curry (24) works for position between Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu, left, and Aaron Jordan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis.

    Minnesota's Eric Curry (24) works for position between Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu, left, and Aaron Jordan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. Associated Press

 
By PATRICK DONNELLY
Associated Press
Updated 1/30/2019 10:51 PM

MINNEAPOLIS -- Amir Coffey led a balanced Minnesota attack with 18 points and six assists as the Golden Gophers defeated Illinois 86-75 on Wednesday night.

Jordan Murphy had 16 points and 10 rebounds as five players scored in double figures for the Gophers (16-5, 6-4 Big Ten), who overcame a slow start on a night when the temperature at game time was minus-19 Fahrenheit, with a forecast low of minus-30 overnight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Freshman Gabe Kalscheur scored 14 and Isaiah Washington added 12 for Minnesota, while Daniel Oturu, who missed the Gophers' victory over Iowa on Sunday with a shoulder injury, had 11 points and eight boards off the bench.

Trent Frazier led Illinois (6-15, 2-8) with 30 points on 10-for-14 shooting, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range. Andres Feliz scored 11 and Tevian Jones added 10 for the Illini, who led by as many as five points early in the second half.

Minnesota surged ahead with a 13-1 run that included two Kalscheur 3-pointers. Illinois went almost five minutes without a field goal before Feliz hit a 3 to cut Minnesota's lead to 55-51 with 12 minutes to play.

But the Gophers weren't done. Coffey hit a 3-pointer to jumpstart a 12-0 run that he capped with a traditional 3-point play, giving Minnesota a 69-53 lead with just over eight minutes left.

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The Illini earned their first Big Ten win of the season on Jan. 16 in a 95-68 blowout of the Gophers.

Minnesota took its first lead on Washington's driving layup with eight minutes to play in the half, but the Illini immediately responded with a 7-2 run to go back up 28-25.

Murphy put Minnesota back on top with back-to-back dunks, but Frazier scored Illinois' last eight points of the half, including a 3 at the buzzer to give the Illini a 39-37 lead.

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