NCAAB Game Recap - Hawaii at Illinois
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:00 PM EST

ChaSo
46
MSU
94
F
UtVal
74
KY
82
F
Stetsn
51
OhSt
86
F
TexSA
50
UtSt
82
F
Colg
62
Aub
91
F
UCIrv
53
Colora
69
F
Wilbe
79
SCSt
103
F
N CO
61
WVU
69
F
(N/A)
39
NFla
115
F
Presb
53
ND
63
F
SMU
59
Evans
57
F
CarBi
57
Troy
84
F
W&M
70
Okla
75
F
Monm
50
Pitt
63
F
Hartfo
50
Oakl
60
F
Bry
73
Niag
62
F
App
41
UNCG
55
F
LIU
92
DelSt
84
F
MidTN
72
CoCar
93
F
(N/A)
58
CenMI
115
F
FaDi
65
Army
81
F
USC-Up
45
Akr
76
F
Eccle
55
South
121
F
(N/A)
51
McNee
103
F
HiPt
51
Belm
90
F
(N/A)
68
Leh
87
F
Campv
66
W Ky
109
F
(N/A)
61
E IL
114
F
SIU-E
56
SDak
71
F
JackSt
58
TxSt
73
F
Longw
48
NIU
65
F
Bacon
38
UMKC
111
F
Woff
56
Mizzu
75
F
HI
53
Ill
66
F
AF
54
TCU
65
F
MTTec
74
Mont
72
F
(N/A)
65
TNSt
99
F
AbCh
58
UNLV
72
F
PVAM
50
Cal
54
F
S UT
61
UCLA
76
F

Illinois 66, Hawaii 53

Nov 18, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Hawaii (3-2)

26

27

53

Illinois (3-1)

26

40

66

Cockburn double-double helps Illinois turn back Hawaii 66-53
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:31 PM

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) When the season started, Illinois fans were hoping to get an early glimpse of things to come from 7-foot freshman center Kofi Cockburn.

What they've seen so far has been more satisfying than anticipated. Cockburn scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Illinois beat Hawaii 66-53 on Monday night.

Cockburn, from Jamaica, recorded his third double-double in four games this season.

"I just came out there and did what they told me to do," Cockburn said, smiling.

"He's the real deal," Illinois coach Brad Underwood said.

Trent Frazier added 13 points and Giorgi Bezhanishvili 10 for Illinois (3-1).

Zigmars Raimo led Hawaii (3-2) with 16 points. Eddie Stansberry, the Rainbow Warriors leading scorer (20 points per game) was held to 10 points on 4-of -14 shooting, thanks to the smothering defense of Frazier.

"Stansberry is a terrific player and a terrific shooter," Underwood said. "We contested him at every turn."

Chris Gerlufsen, who's serving as acting coach while head coach Eran Ganot is on temporary medical leave, was not available for comment after the game.

BIG PICTURE

Hawaii: The Rainbow Warriors play their next three games at home before traveling to Oregon Dec. 7.

Illinois: The Illini continued their trend of starting cold and playing catch-up in the second half, although having eight days off may have contributed to that on Monday. The Illini play seven of the next eight games at home.

ICE COLD

Both teams were cold in the first five minutes, with Illinois going 0 for 7 to start the game. The score was tied at 26 at the half.

Illinois used a 14-2 run late in the game to take control. The Illini were 15 of 23 from the free throw line, while the Rainbow Warriors were only 2 of 3.

Overall, Illinois was 23 of 54 from the field for 43%, while Hawaii was 24 of 64 for 37.5%. The Illini turned the ball over 16 times to Hawaii's nine.

"We looked like a team that hadn't played in eight days," Underwood said. "It obviously took us a while offensively to get into the game."

Illinois held Hawaii to only 2 of 12 from 3-point range. "They are a very good 3-point shooting team," Underwood said. "I was very pleased that we negated that with our defense tonight."

CREDIT THE DEFENSE

Frazier, asked how the team handled its poor shooting in the first half, said the team does what it always does - plays harder on defense.

"I'm not sure we were actually struggling, but the ball wasn't going in for us early," Frazier said. "But our defense was good. And that's where it starts for us. When the ball isn't going in, we just double down on defense."

THE BIG MEN

Cockburn and 6-9 sophomore forward Bezhanishvili complement each other perfectly on the court, which Cockburn credits to a burgeoning friendship off court.

"Me and Giorgi, what we have is special, off the court," Cockburn said. "He's got my back"

One example of having two big, physical men in the paint was apparent in the midst of the 14-2 Illinois run to close the game. Cockburn missed a layup in traffic, and Bezhanishvili was there to grab the rebound and tip the ball in.

UP NEXT

Hawaii: Hosts New Orleans on Sunday.

Illinois: Hosts The Citadel on Wednesday in the second game of a five-game home stand.

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Leaders

Hawaii PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Hemsley 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Webster 0 0 2 1 0 0
Illinois PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
Z. Griffith 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

HI Ill
Points For 53 66
Field Goals 24/64-38% 23/54-43%
Three Pointers 3/22-14% 5/12-42%
Free Throws 2/3-67% 15/23-65%
Offensive Rebounds 5 11
Defensive Rebounds 21 33
Rebounds 27 45
Blocks 2 3
Steals 7 3
Turnovers 9 16
Personal Fouls 18 8
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Nov 18 HI 53 @ Ill 66 B. da Silva 4 A. Griffin 3

Game Information

Stadium: State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois
Attendance: 11,589
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