NCAAB Game Recap - Illinois at Arizona
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:00 PM EST

Bingha
47
MSU
100
F
YSU
55
Lou
78
F
FlaSt
63
Fla
51
F
JMU
34
UVA
65
F
UMassL
56
OhSt
76
F
Ill
69
Ariz
90
F
BC
74
SoFL
60
F
Wyo
32
SCar
66
F
Corn
81
Bry
82
F
Niag
39
Rut
86
F
SIU
52
Oakl
61
F
Colum
63
Wake
65
F
StJos
69
OlDom
82
F
Toled
96
Marsh
70
F
MD-ES
55
Lib
66
F
Maine
46
Harv
67
F
AbCh
83
Drex
86
F(OT)
MsVl
78
CenMI
134
F
Vermt
66
Buck
63
F
CarBi
64
N AL
95
F
AlSt
50
MOSt
59
F
Colg
68
Clem
81
F
Del
91
TexSA
79
F
MTStN
50
Mont
64
F
ArkLR
70
IlSt
75
F
Detr
65
NCSU
84
F
(N/A)
56
Navy
87
F
Portl
72
SJSU
57
F
Winth
74
Fres
77
F
(N/A)
40
Rice
65
F
IPFW
78
SEMO
79
F
UCSB
61
UCLA
77
F
Pacif
76
FlaAM
54
F
SDak
81
HI
75
F

Arizona 90, Illinois 69

Nov 10, 2019, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Illinois (2-1)

38

31

69

(21) Arizona (2-0)

39

51

90

No. 21 Arizona routs Illinois 90-69 behind freshman trio
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:24 AM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Nico Mannion dropped in floaters, got into the lane and whipped passes through traffic.

Josh Green drained 3-pointers, finished at the rim and played lockdown defense.

Zeke Nnaji bulled his way to the basket, knocked down midrange jumpers.

It's just the second game of the season, but Arizona's heralded freshman trio is playing as advertised.

Mannion scored 23 points, Green added 20 and Nnaji had 19 in No. 21 Arizona's 90-69 rout over Illinois on Sunday night.

"The three freshman were spectacular tonight in their second game," Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "Each of them were really, really good."

Arizona (2-0) was good at both ends, shooting 56% while nabbing 14 steals. The Wildcats turned a tight game at halftime into a rout with a 17-2 second-half run behind Mannion, Green and Nnaji.

Nnaji made 9 of 12 shots, Mannion had nine assists and Green was 4 for 7 from 3-point range.

"Everyone played sound tonight," Mannion said. "We had four, five guys in double digits and the guys who weren't in double digits were doing their thing, locking up on defense, making the right plays."

Illinois (2-1) was able to hang with the Wildcats in the first half of a high-level game with more than two dozen NBA scouts on hand.

The Illini went cold in the second half and struggled holding onto the ball, turning it over 22 times.

Ayo Dosunmu led Illinois with 15 points and Trent Frazier added 14.

"It doesn't matter what offense we run, we're finding way to turn the ball over," Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. "Arizona doesn't pressure. They let you just run your stuff and it's a frustrating trend."

Sunday night's game was the first big test for both teams.

Arizona used its size advantage to open the season with a blowout victory over Northern Arizona.

Illinois needed overtime to beat Nicholls State at home and blew out undersized Grand Canyon in a rowdy atmosphere Friday.

The GCU part got the Illini ready for another of college basketball's best atmospheres at McKale Center.

Illinois made seven of its first eight shots and Frazier had eight points in the first 4 1/2 minutes.

"This is my third year, playing in these crazy environments is nothing new to me," Frazier said.

Mannion matched him, scoring on a 3, a floater, a putback and set up Nnaji for a dunk with a baseball pass in traffic .

The offensive show continued the rest of the half. Frazier had 12 points and Illinois hit 15 of 27 shots.

Mannion had 11 points, Arizona went 16 for 30 and led 39-38 on Max Hazard's last-second 3-pointer .

Arizona tightened up on defense to start the second half and went on an early 8-0 run to go up nine.

Illinois answered with a 7-0 run, but Arizona's freshman took over and the Wildcats scored 15 straight points to go up 68-52.

Illinois went 5:11 without a field goal during the run and shot 10 of 26 in the second half.

"When they went on that 15-0 run, that was pretty much game," Dosunmu said.

BIG PICTURE

Illinois was long and athletic enough to hold its own against a Top-25 team like Arizona, but must cut down on the turnovers and get a better offensive flow.

Arizona's talented freshman can take the Wildcats a long way if they keep playing like this.

ARIZONA'S TURNOVERS

Illinois wasn't the only team to struggle with turnovers. Arizona had 16, including five by Mannion, that led to 15 points for Illinois.

"Sixteen turnovers are too many," Miller said. "I would say a few of them happened because it's only the second time we've played this year and we need to get used to being out there."

NO KOFI

Kori Cockburn, Illinois's 7-foot freshman, dominated against Grand Canyon, scoring 23 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

He was not nearly as much of a factor Sunday night thanks to Arizona's defense, finishing with nine points and seven rebounds.

"Kofi had that monster game and just dominated in the paint, we knew they were going to double team him," Frazier said. "We just didn't do a good job of pump faking and skipping it to the other side. We need to do a better job of following the game plan and executing on offense."

UP NEXT

Illinois hosts Hawaii on Nov. 18.

Arizona hosts San Jose State on Thursday.

---

More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

Leaders

Illinois PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Underwood 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Bosmans-Verdonk 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arizona PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Green 22 0 2 5 0 0
N. Mannion 21 0 9 4 2 0

Team Comparison

Ill Ariz
Points For 69 90
Field Goals 25/53-47% 34/61-56%
Three Pointers 5/16-31% 7/16-44%
Free Throws 14/20-70% 15/22-68%
Offensive Rebounds 8 10
Defensive Rebounds 20 23
Rebounds 31 34
Blocks 2 3
Steals 4 14
Turnovers 22 16
Personal Fouls 22 23
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Ariz Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Nov 10 Ill 69 @ Ariz 90 D. Williams 2 S. Gettings 2

Game Information

Stadium: McKale Memorial Center, Tucson, Arizona
Attendance: 13,780
Game Time: