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Miami holds off furious comeback to beat Illinois 81-79

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Chris Lykes scored 28 points and Miami held off a furious second-half comeback to beat Illinois 81-79 on Monday.

Illinois (6-2) trailed 50-31 at the half - at one point down by 27 points - and was outplayed at every level by Miami (5-3) before making adjustments and outscoring the Hurricanes 48-31 in the second half.

''In the first half, we were hitting on all cylinders,'' said Miami coach Jim Larranaga. ''But we started to get into foul trouble and had to make some adjustments. They also shot very well in that second half.''

Dejan Vasiljevic scored 20 points, Kameron McGusty 13 and Sam Waardenburg 12 for Miami.

Kofi Cockburn scored 23 points to lead Illinois. Trent Frazier scored 14, Ayo Dosunmu had 12 and Andre Feliz added 11 points for the Illini.

The Hurricanes put together a series of runs in the first half and jumped out to a 25-9 lead with 12 minutes left before the break. Illinois answered late in the half with a 7-0 run that featured a 3-pointer from Alan Griffin, a layup by Dosunmu and a jumper by Da'Monte Williams.

''We started slow and they were really hitting their shots,'' Feliz said. ''They're a tough team, and we just weren't with it tonight. We have to get better.''

SO CLOSE

After clawing its way back, Illinois had a chance to win it at the buzzer. Feliz hit a layup with less than a minute to play to pull the Illini to within one point, 80-79. With two seconds left and a chance to win the game, Dosunmu drove to the basket and was called for an offensive foul. That sent Lykes to the line, where he sank one free throw to ice the game.

''To be down by as many as 27 points and to have the ball in our hands with a chance to win it, that's really something,'' Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. ''I'm very proud of the effort we made in that second half.''

But Underwood knows his team has to play better early in the game, a trend for the Illini this season.

''That's on me,'' he said. ''I did a very poor job of getting our guys ready. We'll get better.''

ONE FOR THE ROAD

Larranaga was happy to come to Champaign and leave with a victory against a tough Big Ten team on the rise.

''We got our second road win of the season,'' he said. ''Those are tough to come by.''

DOUBLING KOFI

Larranaga knew coming in his team would have problems with Cockburn, Illinois' 7-foot freshman center.

''Kofi is big and strong and he's really hard to guard one-on-one,'' Larranaga said. ''So, we made some changes going in and double teamed him, what we call our 4-5 trap. It was pretty effective.''

''I thought Kofi was huge tonight,'' said Illinois teammate Giorgi Bezhanishvili. ''He's just dominating out there, and I am so happy for him.''

BIG PICTURE

Miami: The Hurricanes looked unbeatable in the first half and seemed fatigued as the game progressed. But overall, they got the job done and handed Larranaga his 650th career win in his 36th season.

Illinois: The Illini have been slow starters all season and this time, it hurt them badly against a very good Miami team. Illinois needs to find a way to play two consistently good halves before Big Ten Conference play starts.

UP NEXT

Miami: Hosts Alabama A&M on Dec. 14.

Illinois: Things get tougher when Illinois travels to (hash)5 Maryland for an early Big Ten Conference game on Saturday.

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Key Players
K. McGusty
A. Feliz
30.0 Min. Per Game 30.0
15.2 Pts. Per Game 15.2
3.7 Ast. Per Game 3.7
7.2 Reb. Per Game 7.2
39.0 Field Goal % 51.5
36.1 Three Point % 16.7
78.9 Free Throw % 78.6
  Offensive rebound by Illinois 38:41
  Giorgi Bezhanishvili missed jump shot 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Giorgi Bezhanishvili 1.0
  Chris Lykes missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1.0
+ 1 Chris Lykes made 1st of 2 free throws 1.0
  Personal foul on Ayo Dosunmu 1.0
  Turnover on Ayo Dosunmu 2.0
  Offensive foul on Ayo Dosunmu 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Giorgi Bezhanishvili 15.0
  Chris Lykes missed layup 17.0
+ 2 Andres Feliz made layup 48.0
Team Stats
Points 81 79
Field Goals 32-54 (59.3%) 28-53 (52.8%)
3-Pointers 10-18 (55.6%) 6-17 (35.3%)
Free Throws 7-13 (53.8%) 17-23 (73.9%)
Total Rebounds 24 34
Offensive 4 8
Defensive 17 22
Team 3 4
Assists 9 16
Steals 8 4
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 10 13
Fouls 21 17
Technicals 1 1
28 PTS, 2 AST
23 PTS, 4 REB
12T
away team logo Miami (Fla.) 5-3 503181
home team logo Illinois 6-2 314879
Team Stats
away team logo Miami (Fla.) 5-3 71.9 PPG 36 RPG 11.5 APG
home team logo Illinois 6-2 87.1 PPG 46.6 RPG 17.0 APG
Key Players
0
C. Lykes G 14.8 PPG 1.4 RPG 2.1 APG 45.8 FG%
21
K. Cockburn C 16.3 PPG 11.0 RPG 0.8 APG 62.0 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Lykes G 28 PTS 0 REB 2 AST
K. Cockburn C 23 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
59.3 FG% 52.8
55.6 3PT FG% 35.3
53.8 FT% 73.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Lykes 28 0 2 11/17 1/3 5/9 4 27 4 0 0 0 0
D. Vasiljevic 20 3 0 7/11 6/9 0/0 2 33 0 0 1 0 3
K. McGusty 13 3 3 6/13 1/2 0/2 1 34 0 0 3 1 2
S. Waardenburg 12 8 1 4/7 2/4 2/2 2 31 1 0 1 1 7
R. Miller Jr. 2 2 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 18 0 1 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Lykes 28 0 2 11/17 1/3 5/9 4 27 4 0 0 0 0
D. Vasiljevic 20 3 0 7/11 6/9 0/0 2 33 0 0 1 0 3
K. McGusty 13 3 3 6/13 1/2 0/2 1 34 0 0 3 1 2
S. Waardenburg 12 8 1 4/7 2/4 2/2 2 31 1 0 1 1 7
R. Miller Jr. 2 2 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 18 0 1 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Stone 2 3 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 14 1 0 0 1 2
I. Wong 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 16 0 1 2 0 2
H. Beverly 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 4 0 0 3 0 0
A. Walker 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 23 1 0 0 0 0
N. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Gak - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Herenton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Gkogkos - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 21 9 32/54 10/18 7/13 21 200 8 2 10 4 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Cockburn 23 4 0 8/8 0/0 7/8 3 23 0 0 3 2 2
T. Frazier 14 2 2 4/7 4/5 2/2 2 34 0 0 2 0 2
A. Dosunmu 12 0 4 5/14 0/4 2/2 3 36 2 0 2 0 0
A. Feliz 11 6 3 4/8 0/1 3/5 1 25 0 0 3 0 6
G. Bezhanishvili 6 8 5 3/5 0/0 0/2 3 32 0 2 1 4 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Cockburn 23 4 0 8/8 0/0 7/8 3 23 0 0 3 2 2
T. Frazier 14 2 2 4/7 4/5 2/2 2 34 0 0 2 0 2
A. Dosunmu 12 0 4 5/14 0/4 2/2 3 36 2 0 2 0 0
A. Feliz 11 6 3 4/8 0/1 3/5 1 25 0 0 3 0 6
G. Bezhanishvili 6 8 5 3/5 0/0 0/2 3 32 0 2 1 4 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Griffin 8 3 0 2/4 2/4 2/2 3 15 0 2 1 1 2
D. Williams 5 7 2 2/6 0/2 1/2 1 27 2 0 0 1 6
K. Nichols 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 4 0 0 1 0 0
B. Bosmans-Verdonk 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
T. Underwood - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Oladimeji - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Grandison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Griffith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Hutcherson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hamlin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 79 30 16 28/53 6/17 17/23 17 200 4 4 13 8 22