No. 15 Illinois keeps Michigan at bay in final minutes

February 27, 2022 GMT
Illinois' Kofi Cockburn shoots a free throw during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Michael Allio)
Illinois' Kofi Cockburn shoots a free throw during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Michael Allio)
Illinois' Kofi Cockburn shoots a free throw during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Michael Allio)
Illinois' Kofi Cockburn shoots a free throw during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Michael Allio)
Illinois' Kofi Cockburn shoots a free throw during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Michael Allio)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Kofi Cockburn scored 27 points and Alfonso Plummer had 26, helping No. 15 Illinois beat Michigan 93-85 on Sunday.

Plummer had 23 points in the first half as the Fighting Illini led by eight. They were ahead by 15 midway through the second half before the Wolverines rallied to give themselves a shot at a comeback win. But Illinois put Michigan away with a jump hook and a 3 to pull within a game of Big Ten-leading and 13th-ranked Wisconsin

Frazier finished with 17 points and Andre Curbelo scored 12 for the Illini (20-8, 13-5).

Michigan was without suspended coach Juwan Howard, who missed the second of five games for hitting a Wisconsin assistant coach a week ago. DeVante’ Jones had a season-high 25 points and matched a career high with 10 assists for the Wolverines (15-12, 9-8).

NO. 14 HOUSTON 75, SMU 61

HOUSTON (AP) — Fabian White Jr. had 21 points and nine rebounds and Josh Carlton added 19 points and eight rebounds to lead Houston over SMU.

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Taze Moore chipped in 11 points, and Jamal Shead finished with 10 points and 11 assists for Houston (24-4, 13-2 American Athletic Conference). Houston owned a 48-30 advantage in points in the paint, shot 45% and had a 49-25 advantage in rebounds in their fourth straight win.

Kendric Davis scored 19 points and Michael Weathers had 10 for the Mustangs (20-7, 11-4). SMU shot 39% and struggled on 3-pointers, hitting four of 21.

NO. 21 CONNECTICUT 86, GEORGETOWN 77

WASHINGTON (AP) — R.J. Cole scored 18 points and UConn excelled from behind the arc while sending Georgetown to its school-record 18th straight loss.

Connecticut (21-7, 12-5 Big East) shot 11 of 20 on 3-pointers. Isaiah Whaley scored 14 points and Tyler Polley and Jordan Hawkins each added 11 as UConn matched its longest winning streak of the season at five.

Georgetown (6-22, 0-17) remained winless in conference play. Dante Harris scored 23, Aminu Mohammed added 16 and Donald Carey had 13 for the Hoyas.

MARYLAND 75, NO. 22 OHIO STATE 60

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Fatts Russell matched his career high with 27 points, Eric Ayala scored 23 and Maryland took down Ohio State.

The Terrapins (14-15, 6-12 Big Ten) had lost six of their previous eight. But they wore down the Buckeyes (18-8, 11-6) and held them to 36.2% from the field.

Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell, who entered the game as the Buckeyes’ leading scorer by averaging 19.6 points, was held to 11 points. And freshman star Malaki Branham, who averaged 26.7 points in his previous three games, had only 13 to lead the Buckeyes.

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