Indiana Cruises To Win Over Illini


Published on March 8 2019 6:44 am
Last Updated on March 8 2019 6:44 am

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Ayo Dosunmu had 16 points to lead five Illini in double-figures, but Indiana cruised to a 92-74 win over the Fighting Illini at State Farm Center Thursday night.

Juwan scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Indiana (16-14, 7-12 Big Ten), who are fighting for an NCAA Tournament at-large berth.

Giorgi Bezhanishvili and Trent Frazier added 15 and 13 points, respectively, for Illinois, while senior Aaron Jordan scored 11 points in his final game at State Farm Center.

The loss closed out the home season for Illinois (11-19, 7-12).

The Hoosiers were in control for most of the game, leading by as many as 22 points before Illinois went on a 6-0 run to close to within 13 points at 80-67 with 5:22 left. But Indiana took advantage of an obviously tired Illinois defense and iced the game.

Despite hitting 7 of 13 three-pointers in the first half, Illinois seemed out of synch and trailed 52-42 at the half.

Rob Phinisee added 17 points and Justin Smith 15 points for the Hoosiers.

Up Next: Travels to Penn State Sunday to close its regular season (Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT).


• This was the 180th meeting between Illinois and Indiana. The Hoosiers now lead the all-time series 93-87. Illinois lead 52-34 at home.

• Illinois had five players score in double figures: Ayo Dosunmu (16), Giorgi Bezhanishvili (15), Trent Frazier (13), Aaron Jordan (11) and Andrez Feliz (11).

• The Illini connected on 10-of-21 three-point attempts, good for 47.6%, the team's second-highest percentage in conference play.

• Tonight marked the final home game for three Illini seniors – Aaron Jordan, Adonis De La Rosa and Drew Cayce.