CHAMPAIGN (HOI) -- In a must win bounce back game, the Fighting Illini did just that, bounce back with a big win at home. After some inconsistent play in those two losses, Illinois (10-5, 6-3) controlled the entire game in a 79-65 win over Penn State (3-6, 0-5).
Sophomore center Kofi Cockburn was as dominant as he's been all season with a 21 point (6-10 FG), 12 rebound, and 4 block effort, which also included him going 9-13 at the free throw line, tying a career high in made free throws. Cockburn has an NCAA-leading 11 double-doubles this season and Tuesday's game marked his sixth straight double-double. He is averaging 19.7 points and 11.2 boards during league play on 72.7% shooting.
Junior guard Ayo Dosunmu had a slow first half, but finished with 13 points (6-12 FG) and 5 assists. Senior guard Trent Frazier played great defense, coming up with 3 steals, while adding in 13 points (4-10 FG, 3-7 3PT). Freshman guard and Peoria native Adam Miller chipped in 9 points (3-8 FG, 3-7 3PT) and 4 rebounds.
Redshirt junior and transfer guard Jacob Grandison got his first start of the season, scoring 3 points (1-3 FG), 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Head Coach Brad Underwood opted to start Grandison over senior guard and Peoria native Da'Monte Williams. Williams had started all 14 games to begin the season and has started 57 games in his Illinois career. He scored 3 points (0-0 FG, 3-4 FT), grabbed 5 rebounds, and had 2 steals.