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No. 21 Arizona routs Illinois 90-69 behind freshman trio

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Nico Mannion dropped in floaters, got into the lane and whipped passes through traffic.

Josh Green drained 3-pointers, finished at the rim and played lockdown defense.

Zeke Nnaji bulled his way to the basket, knocked down midrange jumpers.

It's just the second game of the season, but Arizona's heralded freshman trio is playing as advertised.

Mannion scored 23 points, Green added 20 and Nnaji had 19 in No. 21 Arizona's 90-69 rout over Illinois on Sunday night.

''The three freshman were spectacular tonight in their second game,'' Arizona coach Sean Miller said. ''Each of them were really, really good.''

Arizona (2-0) was good at both ends, shooting 56% while nabbing 14 steals. The Wildcats turned a tight game at halftime into a rout with a 17-2 second-half run behind Mannion, Green and Nnaji.

Nnaji made 9 of 12 shots, Mannion had nine assists and Green was 4 for 7 from 3-point range.

''Everyone played sound tonight,'' Mannion said. ''We had four, five guys in double digits and the guys who weren't in double digits were doing their thing, locking up on defense, making the right plays.''

Illinois (2-1) was able to hang with the Wildcats in the first half of a high-level game with more than two dozen NBA scouts on hand.

The Illini went cold in the second half and struggled holding onto the ball, turning it over 22 times.

Ayo Dosunmu led Illinois with 15 points and Trent Frazier added 14.

''It doesn't matter what offense we run, we're finding way to turn the ball over,'' Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. ''Arizona doesn't pressure. They let you just run your stuff and it's a frustrating trend.''

Sunday night's game was the first big test for both teams.

Arizona used its size advantage to open the season with a blowout victory over Northern Arizona.

Illinois needed overtime to beat Nicholls State at home and blew out undersized Grand Canyon in a rowdy atmosphere Friday.

The GCU part got the Illini ready for another of college basketball's best atmospheres at McKale Center.

Illinois made seven of its first eight shots and Frazier had eight points in the first 4 1/2 minutes.

''This is my third year, playing in these crazy environments is nothing new to me,'' Frazier said.

Mannion matched him, scoring on a 3, a floater, a putback and set up Nnaji for a dunk with a baseball pass in traffic .

The offensive show continued the rest of the half. Frazier had 12 points and Illinois hit 15 of 27 shots.

Mannion had 11 points, Arizona went 16 for 30 and led 39-38 on Max Hazard's last-second 3-pointer .

Arizona tightened up on defense to start the second half and went on an early 8-0 run to go up nine.

Illinois answered with a 7-0 run, but Arizona's freshman took over and the Wildcats scored 15 straight points to go up 68-52.

Illinois went 5:11 without a field goal during the run and shot 10 of 26 in the second half.

''When they went on that 15-0 run, that was pretty much game,'' Dosunmu said.

BIG PICTURE

Illinois was long and athletic enough to hold its own against a Top-25 team like Arizona, but must cut down on the turnovers and get a better offensive flow.

Arizona's talented freshman can take the Wildcats a long way if they keep playing like this.

ARIZONA'S TURNOVERS

Illinois wasn't the only team to struggle with turnovers. Arizona had 16, including five by Mannion, that led to 15 points for Illinois.

''Sixteen turnovers are too many,'' Miller said. ''I would say a few of them happened because it's only the second time we've played this year and we need to get used to being out there.''

NO KOFI

Kori Cockburn, Illinois's 7-foot freshman, dominated against Grand Canyon, scoring 23 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

He was not nearly as much of a factor Sunday night thanks to Arizona's defense, finishing with nine points and seven rebounds.

''Kofi had that monster game and just dominated in the paint, we knew they were going to double team him,'' Frazier said. ''We just didn't do a good job of pump faking and skipping it to the other side. We need to do a better job of following the game plan and executing on offense.''

UP NEXT

Illinois hosts Hawaii on Nov. 18.

Arizona hosts San Jose State on Thursday.

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Key Players
A. Feliz
10 G
J. Green
0 G
26.0 Min. Per Game 26.0
10.0 Pts. Per Game 10.0
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
6.0 Reb. Per Game 6.0
50.0 Field Goal % 50.0
20.0 Three Point % 45.5
81.8 Free Throw % 71.4
  Defensive rebound by Josh Green 11.0
  Alan Griffin missed jump shot 13.0
+ 3 Max Hazzard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nico Mannion 31.0
  Defensive rebound by Nico Mannion 41.0
  Andres Feliz missed layup 43.0
  Bad pass turnover on Chase Jeter 56.0
  Offensive rebound by Chase Jeter 59.0
  Nico Mannion missed jump shot 1:01
+ 2 Ayo Dosunmu made layup 1:19
  Turnover on Dylan Smith 1:31
  Offensive foul on Dylan Smith 1:31
Team Stats
Points 69 90
Field Goals 25-53 (47.2%) 34-61 (55.7%)
3-Pointers 5-16 (31.3%) 7-16 (43.8%)
Free Throws 14-20 (70.0%) 15-22 (68.2%)
Total Rebounds 28 34
Offensive 6 10
Defensive 19 22
Team 3 2
Assists 10 20
Steals 4 14
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 22 16
Fouls 22 23
Technicals 1 0
15 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST
23 PTS, 4 REB, 9 AST
12T
away team logo Illinois 2-1 383169
home team logo 21 Arizona 2-0 395190
Team Stats
away team logo Illinois 2-1 76.7 PPG 48.3 RPG 11.7 APG
home team logo 21 Arizona 2-0 90.5 PPG 35.5 RPG 19.0 APG
Key Players
11
A. Dosunmu G 15.0 PPG 4.0 RPG 4.0 APG 47.2 FG%
1
N. Mannion G 16.0 PPG 2.5 RPG 6.5 APG 52.4 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Dosunmu G 15 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
N. Mannion G 23 PTS 4 REB 9 AST
47.2 FG% 55.7
31.3 3PT FG% 43.8
70.0 FT% 68.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Dosunmu 15 2 4 6/14 1/6 2/3 3 34 0 0 5 0 2
T. Frazier 14 0 1 5/10 3/4 1/2 3 31 2 0 2 0 0
A. Feliz 13 10 3 5/10 0/0 3/4 3 33 0 0 7 1 9
K. Cockburn 9 7 1 3/7 0/0 3/4 1 29 1 2 2 3 4
G. Bezhanishvili 6 1 0 2/3 1/2 1/2 5 21 1 0 3 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Dosunmu 15 2 4 6/14 1/6 2/3 3 34 0 0 5 0 2
T. Frazier 14 0 1 5/10 3/4 1/2 3 31 2 0 2 0 0
A. Feliz 13 10 3 5/10 0/0 3/4 3 33 0 0 7 1 9
K. Cockburn 9 7 1 3/7 0/0 3/4 1 29 1 2 2 3 4
G. Bezhanishvili 6 1 0 2/3 1/2 1/2 5 21 1 0 3 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Griffin 6 3 0 2/4 0/1 2/2 2 11 0 0 2 2 1
K. Nichols 4 1 1 1/3 0/2 2/3 3 18 0 0 0 0 1
D. Williams 2 1 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 14 0 0 1 0 1
T. Underwood 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Bosmans-Verdonk 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
J. Hamlin 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
S. Oladimeji - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Grandison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Griffith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Hutcherson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 25 10 25/53 5/16 14/20 22 200 4 2 22 6 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Mannion 23 4 9 9/15 1/3 4/6 3 33 2 0 5 1 3
J. Green 20 5 2 7/13 4/7 2/2 0 37 0 0 0 2 3
Z. Nnaji 19 5 2 9/12 0/0 1/2 2 34 0 1 3 1 4
D. Smith 6 5 2 2/6 0/2 2/2 2 25 1 1 3 1 4
C. Jeter 4 7 0 1/2 0/0 2/4 4 17 3 1 1 4 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Mannion 23 4 9 9/15 1/3 4/6 3 33 2 0 5 1 3
J. Green 20 5 2 7/13 4/7 2/2 0 37 0 0 0 2 3
Z. Nnaji 19 5 2 9/12 0/0 1/2 2 34 0 1 3 1 4
D. Smith 6 5 2 2/6 0/2 2/2 2 25 1 1 3 1 4
C. Jeter 4 7 0 1/2 0/0 2/4 4 17 3 1 1 4 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Hazzard 10 1 0 4/6 2/3 0/0 3 16 3 0 0 0 1
I. Lee 4 4 1 0/1 0/0 4/6 2 14 2 0 1 1 3
S. Gettings 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 4 12 3 0 2 0 0
J. Baker Jr. 2 1 4 1/5 0/1 0/0 3 12 0 0 1 0 1
J. DesJardins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Weyand - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Doutrive - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Koloko - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 90 32 20 34/61 7/16 15/22 23 200 14 3 16 10 22