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Illinois beats Mississippi Valley, ending four-game skid

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Trent Frazier scored 16 points and Kipper Nichols added 14 to lead Illinois past Mississippi Valley State 86-67 on Sunday.

The Illini shot 16 of 30 from the 3-point-line, tying a school record for the most 3-pointers made in a game.

''We did some nice things today, especially from the three-point line,'' said Illinois coach Brad Underwood. ''But I think we got a little crazy shooting them out there. We need to find a better balance by getting more shots in the paint from our big guys.''

Da'Monte Williams scored 10 points and Ayo Dosunmu grabbed nine rebounds and recorded nine assists for Illinois (2-4). With the win, Illinois snapped a four-game skid.

Jordan Evans scored a game-high 22 points for Mississippi Valley State (1-6). Dante Scott and Aleksa Koracin added 12 and 10 points respectively, while Emmanuel Ejeh had eight rebounds for the Delta Devils.

The Illini went on a 10-0 run to end the first half, sealing the victory. Nichols hit a turnaround jumper with 3:37 left in the half to begin the run, which included 3-pointers by Tyler Underwood and Frazier.

Both teams turned the ball over 13 times, but Illinois capitalized and scored 14 points to Mississippi Valley's eight.

THE BIG PICTURE

The Illini were coming off a disappointing Maui Jim Maui Invitational tournament in which they lost to Gonzaga, Iowa State and Xavier after losing to Georgetown at home. During the Hawaii trip, Frazier was a bright spot, averaging 20.7 points per game, including a season-high 29 points against Gonzaga.

''I'm tired after that trip,'' Underwood said. ''So I know the guys are tired.''

TOUGH GAME

Underwood said he knew from experience that the first game home after the Maui tournament was going to be tough.

''I'm just glad to get that one out of the way,'' he said. ''We were a very tired basketball team out there today, and I'm not taking anything away from Mississippi Valley. They were tough and we knew we would have to grind through it.''

Frazier agreed. ''We were physically tired out there. I mean, it felt good to be home doing what we do, but we really had to work to stay together as a team.''

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Freshman center Samba Kane threw down two rim-rattling dunks in the second half that brought the sparse holiday weekend crowd to its feet.

''Samba is a very good offensive player,'' Underwood said of the 7-foot true freshman. ''We anticipate seeing some decent playing time for him.''

Kane scored six points in the game.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

''Well, I think we are the best offensive team in the country,'' Frazier said. ''We just need to work on some of the other stuff.''

UP NEXT

Mississippi Valley State: Hosts Rust College on Wednesday.

Illinois: Travels to Notre Dame on Tuesday.

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Key Players
D. Scott
T. Frazier
30.5 Min. Per Game 30.5
18.0 Pts. Per Game 18.0
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
1.3 Reb. Per Game 1.3
26.4 Field Goal % 43.9
33.3 Three Point % 45.0
82.1 Free Throw % 80.0
  Defensive rebound by Drew Cayce 12.0
  Torico Simmons missed layup 15.0
  Defensive rebound by Torico Simmons 20.0
  Zach Griffith missed jump shot, blocked by Zachary Barnes 22.0
+ 2 Michael Green made layup 36.0
  Turnover on Alan Griffin 52.0
  Offensive foul on Alan Griffin 52.0
+ 2 Torico Simmons made layup 1:04
  Bad pass turnover on Alan Griffin, stolen by Torico Simmons 1:09
  Defensive rebound by Zach Griffith 1:20
  Zachary Barnes missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:22
Team Stats
Points 67 86
Field Goals 23-50 (46.0%) 33-64 (51.6%)
3-Pointers 5-13 (38.5%) 16-30 (53.3%)
Free Throws 16-21 (76.2%) 4-8 (50.0%)
Total Rebounds 26 39
Offensive 6 11
Defensive 19 26
Team 1 2
Assists 11 26
Steals 3 3
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 11 13
Fouls 15 20
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST
16 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Miss Valley St. 1-6 293867
home team logo Illinois 2-4 454186
Team Stats
away team logo Miss Valley St. 1-6 64.3 PPG 40.4 RPG 11.3 APG
home team logo Illinois 2-4 72.7 PPG 36.1 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
3
J. Evans G 12.9 PPG 2.6 RPG 1.9 APG 34.3 FG%
1
T. Frazier G 13.7 PPG 2.3 RPG 2.6 APG 41.1 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Evans G 22 PTS 1 REB 1 AST
T. Frazier G 16 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
46.0 FG% 51.6
38.5 3PT FG% 53.3
76.2 FT% 50.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Evans 22 1 1 6/14 4/8 6/6 3 30 0 0 0 0 1
D. Scott 12 4 2 4/11 0/1 4/5 0 28 0 0 1 0 4
A. Koracin 10 7 2 3/6 0/0 4/6 3 29 0 0 0 2 5
E. Ejeh 9 8 0 4/6 1/1 0/0 2 32 0 0 1 2 6
P. Rucker 2 0 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 14 0 0 1 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Evans 22 1 1 6/14 4/8 6/6 3 30 0 0 0 0 1
D. Scott 12 4 2 4/11 0/1 4/5 0 28 0 0 1 0 4
A. Koracin 10 7 2 3/6 0/0 4/6 3 29 0 0 0 2 5
E. Ejeh 9 8 0 4/6 1/1 0/0 2 32 0 0 1 2 6
P. Rucker 2 0 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 14 0 0 1 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Eckwood 6 1 3 2/4 0/1 2/2 1 16 1 0 2 1 0
T. Simmons 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 12 1 0 3 0 1
M. Mitchell 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/1 1 9 1 1 1 0 2
M. Green 2 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/1 0 15 0 0 1 0 0
L. Hunt 0 1 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 1 1 0
L. Allen 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
K. Allison 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
Z. Barnes 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
G. Holloway 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
M. Roberts - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Lucien - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Jones-Rollins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 25 11 23/50 5/13 16/21 15 199 3 2 11 6 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Frazier 16 3 3 5/7 4/6 2/2 2 25 0 0 2 0 3
A. Jordan 6 5 4 2/7 2/4 0/0 2 25 1 0 0 2 3
A. Dosunmu 6 9 9 3/9 0/3 0/0 0 32 2 0 0 0 9
A. De La Rosa 2 3 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 10 0 1 2 0 3
G. Bezhanishvili 2 3 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 4 15 0 1 1 3 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Frazier 16 3 3 5/7 4/6 2/2 2 25 0 0 2 0 3
A. Jordan 6 5 4 2/7 2/4 0/0 2 25 1 0 0 2 3
A. Dosunmu 6 9 9 3/9 0/3 0/0 0 32 2 0 0 0 9
A. De La Rosa 2 3 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 10 0 1 2 0 3
G. Bezhanishvili 2 3 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 4 15 0 1 1 3 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Nichols 14 1 3 6/8 2/4 0/0 1 15 0 0 1 1 0
D. Williams 10 5 0 3/5 2/2 2/3 0 17 0 0 2 2 3
A. Griffin 10 1 1 4/6 2/4 0/0 1 8 0 0 4 1 0
A. Feliz 6 0 2 2/3 2/3 0/0 3 15 0 0 0 0 0
S. Kane 6 2 0 3/6 0/0 0/2 1 12 0 1 0 1 1
T. Underwood 3 0 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0
T. Jones 3 2 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 1 12 0 0 1 1 1
S. Oladimeji 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/1 1 4 0 0 0 0 1
D. Cayce 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
Z. Griffith 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
A. Higgs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 86 37 26 33/64 16/30 4/8 20 199 3 3 13 11 26