BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The No. 18 Illinois needed someone other than Kofi Cockburn to produce on Saturday.

Trent Frazier delivered with a nearly faultless second half.

The senior guard made all three of his shots from inside the arc, went 2 of 3 from 3-point range and hit both free throws to finish with 23 points while leading the Fighting Illini to a 74- 57 in Indiana.

“That’s why I came to this school, to play in these kinds of environments with emotion and energy,” Frazier said after Illinois earned its biggest margin of victory in the league’s 50-year history. Indiana Assembly. “It’s always fun to play these types of games, especially a win.”

Frazier also returned this season to win a Big Ten championship and after claiming their fourth straight berth — and second straight on home court from the Hoosiers — the Fighting Illini (17-5, 10-2) still hold the lead. league.

Cockburn played a solid game. He finished with 17 points and eight rebounds, shedding two fewer rebounds than his 41st career double-double to stay within a short Skip Thoren career high that has stood since 1965.

Indiana (16-6, 7-5) was led by Race Thompson with 13 points and six rebounds. Xavier Johnson had 12 points, five rebounds and five assists in a preseason day All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis missed the final 15 1/2 minutes of the first half with a foul issue .

Frazier and Jacob Grandison finally gave Illinois the upper hand in the final 10 minutes.

Grandison started a 16-3 straight 3-game winning streak, the second giving Illinois a 48-45 lead — its first in less than three minutes in the game. Cockburn and Frazier combined to score the remaining points in the push as Frazier capped it with a 3 to put Illinois ahead 58-49 with 7:45 remaining.

“I thought the game turned when Jacob made those two 3s. We never really got over it,” Hoosiers coach Mike Woodson said. organized a 20-minute match.”

Illinois spent the rest of the game walking away, and Indiana lost its second home game of the season without another serious challenge.

“How spectacular was he?” Coach Brad Underwood said, referring to Frazier. “We made six 3s, Jake’s first two were huge. Trent went down, got some lay-ups and opened the game with some saves.”


Illinois: The Underwood team regained the conference lead behind an incredibly strong defense and Cockburn’s solid inside game. The defense continued to play well on Saturday and Frazier’s strong finish helped make up for a lackluster day for Cockburn. The combination could lead Illinois to a conference crown.

Indiana: The Hoosiers rebuilt their defensive philosophy first under new coach Mike Woodson — and it worked wonders. But on Saturday they crumbled to a bigger and stronger opponent. Indiana has been on the verge of cracking the Top 25 for the past few weeks and now the wait will take a little longer.


Illinois was poised to enter the Top 15 after beating Wisconsin earlier this week and that only solidified its case with Saturday’s victory. The only real question is how high the Illini will go.


Illinois: Cockburn finished 6 of 13 from the field and Alfonso Plummer finished with 14 points. … Da’Monte Williams had seven rebounds and Frazier and Grandison each had four assists. … The Illini have won eight of their last nine conference road games. .. Illinois shot 53.8 percent from the field and was 6 of 13 from 3-point range in the second half against the Big Ten’s best defense. … Underwood won his 50th career Big Ten game.

Indiana: Jackson-Davis finished with six points, six rebounds and three turnovers in 23 minutes. … The Hoosiers shot 29.6 percent from the field in the second half, going 8 of 29. … Jeremy Gray filled the role of public announcer after this week’s surprise announcement that Chuck Crabb was taking retiring immediately after 45 years on the mic.


Illinois: Visits No. 4 Purdue in a key Big Ten matchup on Tuesday.

Indiana: Begins a two-game road trip Tuesday night at Northwestern.


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