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Dosunmu, Illinois beat No. 13 Maryland 78-67 at MSG

NEW YORK (AP) Illinois' players and coaches jogged through a mob of outstretched hands on their way off the Madison Square Garden court, basking in the smiles and shouts of congratulations.

This victory on that stage? Nothing wrong with letting that sink in.

''That was a great character win for our basketball team,'' Illinois coach Brad Underwood said after the Fighting Illini beat No. 13 Maryland 78-67 on Saturday.

''Yeah, we executed - we made some shots - but to me it's a lot more about perseverance and showing up and competing. We did that today and we were fortunate to beat a very good basketball team.''

Ayo Dosunmu scored 20 points to help the Fighting Illini (6-14, 2-7 Big Ten) snap a two-game skid by handing the Terrapins their second straight conference loss. Tevian Jones had 18 points, and Andres Feliz had 15.

While Illinois was reveling in its accomplishment, the Terrapins were collectively talking about the need to improve the details of their game.

''It was a matter of us doing the little things,'' said Bruno Fernando, who led Maryland (16-5, 7-3) with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Cowan Jr. had 18 points and Jalen Smith had 11.

''Things coach keeps emphasizing like boxing out and rebounding,'' Fernando added. ''I think we gave them lot of chances on the boards and second-chance points.''

The Terrapins led by 11 during the first half, but Illinois pulled within 34-30 at the break after Dosunmu scored all the Illini's points on a 9-2 run. That was the beginning of the end for Maryland.

''We were cruising a little bit and feeling good about ourselves,'' coach Mark Turgeon said. ''We just weren't very good when we needed to be good, and they were. They were terrific when they needed to be.''

Illinois hit four 3-pointers in a span of 1:27 early in the second half - including two by Trent Frazier - to take a 42-40 lead. Maryland ran off seven straight points, Illinois countered with six consecutive to regain the lead, then Maryland used a 10-4 run for a 57-52 advantage.

Illinois responded with a 10-2 spurt, capped by Jones' fourth 3 of the game with 4:49 left, and the Illini kept their poise from there. Feliz made five free throws and Dosunmu had a fast-break layup and hit two other layups to extend the lead to 72-63.

''It's huge,'' said Underwood, when asked about his team's lead management. ''It's guys finally stepping up and making plays, making free throws. Guys wanting the ball and then playing with a conscious effort.

''For us to manage that and pull away, especially come from 11 down early means a lot.''

BIG PICTURE

Illinois: In the second half, Illinois made 50 percent of its shots from the field (13 of 26), including 6 of 14 from 3, plus 16 of 17 from the foul line. For the game, Illinois shot 42.4 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from 3 and 90.9 percent from the stripe. ''The focus was to drive it in there and kick it out,'' Dosunmu said. ''That's like easy money shots.''

Maryland: According to data culled by KenPom.com, the Terrapins are the fourth youngest team in the nation. The young club has to be more careful with the ball after committing 21 turnovers to Illinois' nine.

HOOPS AND PUCKS

For the fourth straight year, Madison Square Garden hosted a day-night Big Ten basketball and hockey doubleheader. Penn State and Michigan met in the hockey game Saturday night.

UP NEXT

Illinois: At Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Maryland: Hosts Northwestern on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
A. Dosunmu
11 G
A. Cowan Jr.
1 G
34.3 Min. Per Game 34.3
17.4 Pts. Per Game 17.4
4.6 Ast. Per Game 4.6
4.0 Reb. Per Game 4.0
44.7 Field Goal % 41.3
37.0 Three Point % 35.2
69.1 Free Throw % 85.1
  Bad pass turnover on Reese Mona, stolen by Andres Feliz 11.0
+ 1 Aaron Jordan made 2nd of 2 free throws 24.0
+ 1 Aaron Jordan made 1st of 2 free throws 24.0
  Personal foul on Anthony Cowan Jr. 24.0
+ 2 Anthony Cowan Jr. made driving layup 25.0
+ 1 Tevian Jones made 2nd of 2 free throws 30.0
+ 1 Tevian Jones made 1st of 2 free throws 30.0
  Personal foul on Anthony Cowan Jr. 30.0
+ 1 Anthony Cowan Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 35.0
+ 1 Anthony Cowan Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 35.0
+ 1 Ayo Dosunmu made 2nd of 2 free throws 35.0
Team Stats
Points 78 67
Field Goals 25-59 (42.4%) 20-45 (44.4%)
3-Pointers 8-23 (34.8%) 6-19 (31.6%)
Free Throws 20-22 (90.9%) 21-24 (87.5%)
Total Rebounds 25 31
Offensive 6 6
Defensive 18 24
Team 1 1
Assists 17 11
Steals 13 4
Blocks 1 2
Turnovers 9 21
Fouls 21 18
Technicals 0 1
20 PTS, 6 AST
19 PTS, 10 REB
12T
away team logo Illinois 6-14 304878
home team logo 13 Maryland 16-5 343367
Team Stats
away team logo Illinois 6-14 72.7 PPG 36.1 RPG 13.5 APG
home team logo 13 Maryland 16-5 71.3 PPG 42.4 RPG 13.2 APG
Key Players
11
A. Dosunmu G 13.8 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.3 APG 43.5 FG%
23
B. Fernando F 13.7 PPG 10.4 RPG 2.0 APG 61.8 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Dosunmu G 20 PTS 0 REB 6 AST
B. Fernando F 19 PTS 10 REB 0 AST
42.4 FG% 44.4
34.8 3PT FG% 31.6
90.9 FT% 87.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Dosunmu 20 0 6 6/11 1/3 7/7 1 33 2 1 2 0 0
T. Frazier 8 3 4 3/7 2/4 0/0 2 29 2 0 1 0 3
A. Jordan 7 6 1 1/7 0/4 5/5 3 25 1 0 2 3 3
G. Bezhanishvili 6 2 3 3/9 0/0 0/0 5 27 1 0 1 0 2
D. Williams 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 4 10 1 0 0 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Dosunmu 20 0 6 6/11 1/3 7/7 1 33 2 1 2 0 0
T. Frazier 8 3 4 3/7 2/4 0/0 2 29 2 0 1 0 3
A. Jordan 7 6 1 1/7 0/4 5/5 3 25 1 0 2 3 3
G. Bezhanishvili 6 2 3 3/9 0/0 0/0 5 27 1 0 1 0 2
D. Williams 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 4 10 1 0 0 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Jones 18 4 0 6/12 4/9 2/2 1 23 2 0 1 3 1
A. Feliz 15 6 2 5/9 0/0 5/6 1 26 3 0 1 0 6
A. Griffin 3 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
A. De La Rosa 1 0 0 0/1 0/0 1/2 1 12 1 0 1 0 0
K. Nichols 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 9 0 0 0 0 1
D. Cayce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Underwood - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Oladimeji - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Griffith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Kane - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Higgs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 24 17 25/59 8/23 20/22 21 200 13 1 9 6 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Fernando 19 10 0 6/9 0/1 7/8 1 31 2 0 4 2 8
A. Cowan Jr. 18 4 5 4/10 2/4 8/8 5 38 1 0 2 0 4
J. Smith 11 7 1 4/6 2/3 1/3 1 27 0 1 0 2 5
D. Morsell 7 1 3 2/6 0/1 3/3 1 27 0 1 4 0 1
E. Ayala 0 2 2 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 21 0 0 5 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Fernando 19 10 0 6/9 0/1 7/8 1 31 2 0 4 2 8
A. Cowan Jr. 18 4 5 4/10 2/4 8/8 5 38 1 0 2 0 4
J. Smith 11 7 1 4/6 2/3 1/3 1 27 0 1 0 2 5
D. Morsell 7 1 3 2/6 0/1 3/3 1 27 0 1 4 0 1
E. Ayala 0 2 2 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 21 0 0 5 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Wiggins 8 2 0 3/8 2/6 0/0 2 26 1 0 3 2 0
S. Smith Jr. 4 0 0 1/3 0/2 2/2 3 20 0 0 1 0 0
I. Bender 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
R. Mona - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Lindo 0 4 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 7 0 0 1 0 4
A. Terrell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Tomaic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Valmon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ramsey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 30 11 20/45 6/19 21/24 18 200 4 2 21 6 24