Cockburn, Plummer lead Illinois past Notre Dame

  • Illinois' Kofi Cockburn (21) boxes out Notre Dame's Elijah Taylor during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Champaign, Ill.

    Illinois' Kofi Cockburn (21) boxes out Notre Dame's Elijah Taylor during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Champaign, Ill.

 
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Updated 11/30/2021 6:43 AM

CHAMPAIGN -- Kofi Cockburn scored 28 points, Alfonso Plummer added 21 and Illinois defeated Notre Dame 82-72 on Monday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Cockburn, a preseason All-American and player of the year candidate, leads the nation in scoring at 26.6 points per game. He did not take a shot in the first 12 minutes but finished the first half with 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting. For the game, he was 11 of 16 from the field and made 6 of 9 free throws.

 

Cockburn scored 8 points early in the second half and his dunk with 14:50 remaining gave the Illini a 56-43 lead. Jacob Grandison's 3-pointer extended the lead to 59-43.

Illinois (4-2) pushed the lead to 71-63 at the final official timeout then made 11 of 12 free throws in the final three minutes, including 8 for 8 by Plummer.

Iowa 75, Virginia 74:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Joe Toussaint hit a clutch jumper to give Iowa the lead with eight seconds left in the game, Virginia missed two close-range shots and Patrick McCaffery blocked a third at the buzzer to preserve Iowa's win over the Cavaliers.

The Hawkeyes came out firing from the opening tip and never trailed in the first half, ballooning a 25-19 lead to a 40-19 advantage with a 15-0 run and held a 44-30 lead at the intermission. Iowa's first-half total was more points than Virginia had allowed in its two previous games.

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