NCAAB Game Recap - Minnesota at Illinois
Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:30 PM EST

Gonz
87
SCla
72
F
Oreg
77
Cal
72
F
Iowa
72
MD
82
F
Minn
51
Ill
59
F
Colora
68
UCLA
72
F
MtStM
53
SacHr
58
F
GWebb
70
UNCA
56
F
Charl
87
JMU
68
F
Stetsn
65
NFla
78
F
FlGlf
63
Jacksn
61
F
StFNY
50
(N/A)
61
F
Radf
67
Longw
55
F
N AL
78
NJIT
74
F
IL-C
90
YSU
83
F(OT)
NE
58
W&M
59
F
FaDi
68
Merrim
63
F
UNCW
66
Tows
77
F
CenCT
77
StFPA
84
F
Bry
54
RobM
64
F
USC-Up
77
Presb
74
F
KennSt
45
Lib
83
F
SthAL
73
GASt
76
F
Troy
57
GaSo
86
F
W Ky
65
FlAtl
69
F
Marsh
84
FlInt
74
F
Hof
86
Elon
63
F
IUPUI
62
Clev
72
F
HiPt
62
Campbl
57
F
Charl
59
LaTec
72
F
CoCar
79
ArkLR
96
F
N DA
68
IPFW
72
F
TN-M
86
E KY
99
F
Winth
77
ChaSo
60
F
SEMO
74
MorSt
90
F
App
71
ArkSt
64
F
GrCan
87
UTRGV
79
F
ULLa
66
TexAr
65
F
UAB
76
TexSA
68
F
ULMo
51
TxSt
71
F
OlDom
68
SoMis
58
F
Pepp
80
BYU
107
F
NDSt
70
W IL
49
F
TNSt
72
JacSt
62
F
E IL
70
Murr
73
F
Ariz
75
Wash
72
F
MidTN
66
UTEP
67
F
Web
75
S UT
65
F
IdaSt
67
N CO
83
F
CSBak
57
NMSt
61
F
SDak
93
Denv
87
F
Belm
92
TNTec
84
F
SIU-E
58
APSU
82
F
Utah
52
USC
56
F
CS-Ful
100
CAPoly
101
F(OT)
UCIrv
80
UCDav
65
F
Portl
64
StMar
86
F
USF
69
USD
44
F
LoyMa
50
Pacif
62
F
LongB
69
UCRiv
77
F
Mont
81
PorSt
88
F
UCSB
67
CSNor
79
F
OrSt
68
Stan
63
F

Jan 30, 2020, 7:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Minnesota (11-10)

20

31

51

(19) Illinois (16-5)

24

35

59

No. 19 Illinois holds on to beat Minnesota 59-51
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:12 PM

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) No. 19 Illinois did what it took to move back into a first-place tie in the Big Ten.

The Fighting Illini's seventh straight win, though, was not pretty.

Andres Feliz scored 17 points while Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn added 13 each as Illinois overcame poor shooting to beat Minnesota 59-51.

Both teams shot poorly. The Illini shot 33% and the Golden Gophers made 32% of their attempts from the field.

"Well, that was ugly," Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. "You have to give Minnesota credit, though. They played us tough."

The Fighting Illini (16-5, 8-2 Big Ten) is tied with No. 14 Michigan State atop the Big Ten standings at the midway mark of the conference's regular season.

Daniel Oturu led the Golden Gophers (11-10, 5-6) with a game-high 20 points and Alihan Demir added eight points.

"They were just all-around good," Gophers coach Richard Pitino said. "They have a great team, good length and talent."

CLOSE CALL

Minnesota rallied from a seven-point deficit with three minutes to play to pull within one point with 1:43 left on Orturu's layup. Giorgi Bezhanishvili was fouled with 1:30 left and made both free throws. Feliz later made two free throws to help seal the win.

Illinois led 24-20 at halftime.

"It was an all-around team effort," Underwood said. "But we need to evaluate our way back with our offense."

FALSE ALARM

The announcement during halftime to evacuate the State Farm Center due to "a fire emergency" appeared to confuse the crowd for a couple of minutes. The alarm was later silenced and it was determined to be a false alarm.

An Illinois staff member said it was "an issue with smoke at one of the concession stands," that caused it.

STREAKS

It was a game of offensive runs most of the night. Illinois went on a 6-0 run midway through the first half on Trent Frazier's two 3-pointers to take a 17-11 game. The Illini would not trail again.

The Gophers used a 7-0 run in the second half to pull within four points before Illinois sealed the victory.

"Our shots fell in the second half," Pitino said. "But something changed on us. They were getting a lot of points at the foul line and we weren't. The game shifted there."

Illinois was 14 of 16 from the foul line and Minnesota was 10 of 12.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

If the Illini can pull off that tough road win on Sunday at No. 18, they should move up in the polls. A loss would likely keep them in the Top 25.

BIG PICTURE

Minnesota: The Gophers have lost three of four games and it's clear Oturu needs more help. They need to have a double-digit scorer, or two, join him in the box score to win.

Illinois: The surprising team needed a win to regain its place atop the conference standings, tied with the Spartans.

UP NEXT

Minnesota: Hosts Wisconsin on Wednesday.

Illinois: Play at No. 18 Iowa on Sunday.

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Leaders

Minnesota PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Omersa 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Greenlee 0 0 0 0 0 0
Illinois PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Underwood 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Nichols 0 0 0 6 0 0

Team Comparison

Minn Ill
Points For 51 59
Field Goals 19/60-32% 21/63-33%
Three Pointers 3/19-16% 3/15-20%
Free Throws 10/12-83% 14/16-88%
Offensive Rebounds 8 13
Defensive Rebounds 28 32
Rebounds 40 49
Blocks 6 5
Steals 3 4
Turnovers 12 8
Personal Fouls 16 17
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Jan 30 Minn 51 @ Ill 59 M. Hurt 2 G. Bezhanishvili 6

Game Information

Stadium: State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois
Attendance: 15,544
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