11th-placed Arizona remain unbeaten in Illinois, 82-76

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Bennedikt Mathurin scored 27 points for Arizona No. 11 over Illinois 82-76 on Saturday.

Arizona’s Azuolas Tubelis, who beat Illini 2:22, played the attacking ball. With the next ball, Christian Koloko forced the Illinois to substitute and Mathurin scored an easy layout goal to make it 79-76 by 1:55.

Mathurin opened the game with 3 of 4 attempts from 3 points and finished 10 of 16 of them on the field, and five of Arizona’s 3 of them (9-0). Second-year guard Kerr Kriisa added 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Tubelis added 16 points and eight rebounds.

For Illinois (7-3), guard Trent Fraser scored 27 points in 9 of 15 games for his team and scored 6 of 11 assists. Alfonso Plummer added 25 points, trailing, and Kofi Cockburn had the highest score of the game with 12 rebounds.

Frazier scored 11 direct points during the 19-0 Illini run in the first half, which ended in a steal and a pass from shore to shore, 37-24 in seven minutes. ahead of account. But Arizona closed the first half 14-5, trailing Mathurin 42-38 in the break after the game with 23 seconds left.

Problems in travel

The wild cats were forced to make an unexpected landing in Indianapolis on Friday night, instead of flying to the University of Illinois Villard Airport due to a tornado and severe weather. The team had to drive to Champagne for about two hours.


Arizona: The Wild Cats now have two wins over the Big Ten rivals and seem ready to finish the non-conference table without any flaws – although they should play 13th in Tennessee on Dec. 22.

Illinois: Won five games before Saturday’s defeat.


Arizona: Hosts Northern Colorado on Wednesday.

Illinois: St. Francis (Pa.) Will host on Saturday.


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