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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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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Illinois  
19:56   Turnover on Kofi Cockburn  
19:31   Kameron McGusty missed jump shot  
19:29   Defensive rebound by Andres Feliz  
19:21 +3 Trent Frazier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ayo Dosunmu 0-3
19:05   Chris Lykes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:03   Defensive rebound by Kofi Cockburn  
18:54   Trent Frazier missed jump shot  
18:52   Defensive rebound by Miami (Fla.)  
18:33 +3 Dejan Vasiljevic made 3-pt. jump shot 3-3
18:26 +2 Andres Feliz made layup, assist by Ayo Dosunmu 3-5
18:08 +3 Kameron McGusty made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rodney Miller Jr. 6-5
17:37   Lost ball turnover on Trent Frazier, stolen by Chris Lykes  
17:37   Shooting foul on Giorgi Bezhanishvili  
17:37   Chris Lykes missed 1st of 2 free throws  
17:37 +1 Chris Lykes made 2nd of 2 free throws 7-5
17:19   Lost ball turnover on Andres Feliz, stolen by Chris Lykes  
17:12 +2 Kameron McGusty made layup, assist by Chris Lykes 9-5
16:53   Out of bounds turnover on Kofi Cockburn  
16:26 +3 Dejan Vasiljevic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rodney Miller Jr. 12-5
16:10   Ayo Dosunmu missed jump shot  
16:08   Defensive rebound by Sam Waardenburg  
16:02   Kameron McGusty missed jump shot  
16:00   Offensive rebound by Sam Waardenburg  
16:00   Turnover on Kameron McGusty  
15:38 +2 Kofi Cockburn made layup, assist by Giorgi Bezhanishvili 12-7
15:23 +2 Chris Lykes made finger-roll layup 14-7
15:06   Andres Feliz missed layup  
15:04   Defensive rebound by Sam Waardenburg  
14:58 +3 Sam Waardenburg made 3-pt. jump shot 17-7
14:44   Giorgi Bezhanishvili missed hook shot  
14:42   Defensive rebound by Sam Waardenburg  
14:25   Shooting foul on Trent Frazier  
14:25 +1 Chris Lykes made 1st of 2 free throws 18-7
14:25 +1 Chris Lykes made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-7
14:06   Ayo Dosunmu missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:04   Offensive rebound by Illinois  
14:04   Personal foul on Harlond Beverly  
13:51   Kipper Nichols missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:49   Offensive rebound by Giorgi Bezhanishvili  
13:35   Offensive foul on Kipper Nichols  
13:35   Turnover on Kipper Nichols  
13:23 +2 Harlond Beverly made layup 21-7
13:16   Lost ball turnover on Ayo Dosunmu, stolen by Keith Stone  
12:57   Lost ball turnover on Harlond Beverly, stolen by Da'Monte Williams  
12:46   Trent Frazier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:44   Defensive rebound by Sam Waardenburg  
12:36   Offensive foul on Harlond Beverly  
12:36   Turnover on Harlond Beverly  
12:23   Lost ball turnover on Trent Frazier, stolen by Anthony Walker  
12:18 +2 Isaiah Wong made floating jump shot 23-7
12:04   Shooting foul on Keith Stone  
12:04 +1 Kofi Cockburn made 1st of 2 free throws 23-8
12:04 +1 Kofi Cockburn made 2nd of 2 free throws 23-9
11:52 +2 Chris Lykes made finger-roll layup 25-9
11:44 +2 Kofi Cockburn made dunk, assist by Andres Feliz 25-11
11:30 +2 Chris Lykes made jump shot 27-11
11:04   Da'Monte Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:47 +2 Chris Lykes made jump shot 29-11
10:33   Lost ball turnover on Andres Feliz, stolen by Chris Lykes  
10:28 +2 Chris Lykes made layup 31-11
10:00   Da'Monte Williams missed jump shot  
9:58   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Wong  
9:51   Jumpball received by Miami (Fla.)  
9:44 +2 Kameron McGusty made jump shot 33-11
9:18   Out of bounds turnover on Kofi Cockburn  
9:06 +2 Chris Lykes made layup 35-11
8:58 +3 Alan Griffin made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ayo Dosunmu 35-14
8:37   Chris Lykes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:35   Defensive rebound by Giorgi Bezhanishvili  
8:25 +2 Ayo Dosunmu made driving layup 35-16
7:59   Rodney Miller Jr. missed jump shot  
7:57   Defensive rebound by Da'Monte Williams  
7:41   Ayo Dosunmu missed layup  
7:39   Offensive rebound by Giorgi Bezhanishvili  
7:22 +2 Da'Monte Williams made jump shot 35-18
6:51 +2 Sam Waardenburg made jump shot, assist by Kameron McGusty 37-18
6:19   Ayo Dosunmu missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:17   Defensive rebound by Sam Waardenburg  
5:49 +3 Sam Waardenburg made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kameron McGusty 40-18
5:28   Turnover on Giorgi Bezhanishvili  
5:20 +3 Dejan Vasiljevic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chris Lykes 43-18
4:50   Trent Frazier missed jump shot  
4:48   Defensive rebound by Rodney Miller Jr.  
4:33 +2 Chris Lykes made jump shot 45-18
4:11 +2 Kofi Cockburn made dunk, assist by Giorgi Bezhanishvili 45-20
4:11   Shooting foul on Rodney Miller Jr.  
4:11 +1 Kofi Cockburn made free throw 45-21
3:55   Sam Waardenburg missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:53   Defensive rebound by Andres Feliz  
3:47 +2 Andres Feliz made driving layup 45-23
3:22   Turnover on Dejan Vasiljevic  
3:14   Personal foul on Isaiah Wong  
3:09 +2 Ayo Dosunmu made jump shot, assist by Andres Feliz 45-25
2:49 +2 Sam Waardenburg made finger-roll layup 47-25
2:36   Shooting foul on Dejan Vasiljevic  
2:36 +1 Kofi Cockburn made 1st of 2 free throws 47-26
2:36 +1 Kofi Cockburn made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-27
2:25   Shooting foul on Giorgi Bezhanishvili  
2:25 +1 Chris Lykes made 1st of 2 free throws 48-27
2:25   Chris Lykes missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:25   Defensive rebound by Da'Monte Williams  
2:04   Da'Monte Williams missed jump shot  
2:02   Defensive rebound by Keith Stone  
1:52   Dejan Vasiljevic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:50   Defensive rebound by Da'Monte Williams  
1:43 +3 Trent Frazier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Da'Monte Williams 48-30
1:14   Dejan Vasiljevic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:12   Defensive rebound by Trent Frazier  
1:12   Personal foul on Keith Stone  
1:12   Kofi Cockburn missed free throw  
1:12   Defensive rebound by Sam Waardenburg  
54.0   Personal foul on Trent Frazier  
41.0   Kameron McGusty missed jump shot  
39.0   Offensive rebound by Kameron McGusty  
39.0   Kameron McGusty missed 3-pt. jump shot  
37.0   Defensive rebound by Andres Feliz  
34.0   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Alan Griffin  
34.0   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Chris Lykes  
34.0   Personal foul on Chris Lykes  
34.0 +1 Andres Feliz made 1st of 2 free throws 48-31
34.0   Andres Feliz missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
34.0   Defensive rebound by Dejan Vasiljevic  
5.0 +2 Kameron McGusty made finger-roll layup 50-31
5.0   Shooting foul on Ayo Dosunmu  
5.0   Kameron McGusty missed free throw  
5.0   Defensive rebound by Kofi Cockburn  
1.0   Andres Feliz missed jump shot, blocked by Isaiah Wong  
0.0   Offensive rebound by Illinois  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:50 +2 Kofi Cockburn made dunk, assist by Giorgi Bezhanishvili 50-33
19:39   Personal foul on Kofi Cockburn  
19:23   Personal foul on Andres Feliz  
19:14 +2 Chris Lykes made jump shot 52-33
18:59   Ayo Dosunmu missed floating jump shot  
18:57   Defensive rebound by Miami (Fla.)  
18:39   Traveling violation turnover on Kameron McGusty  
18:27 +3 Trent Frazier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andres Feliz 52-36
18:04 +2 Dejan Vasiljevic made hook shot, assist by Sam Waardenburg 54-36
17:55   Personal foul on Dejan Vasiljevic  
17:48   Shooting foul on Chris Lykes  
17:48 +1 Andres Feliz made 1st of 2 free throws 54-37
17:48 +1 Andres Feliz made 2nd of 2 free throws 54-38
17:29   Shooting foul on Da'Monte Williams  
17:29 +1 Sam Waardenburg made 1st of 2 free throws 55-38
17:29 +1 Sam Waardenburg made 1st of 2 free throws 55-38
17:29 +1 Sam Waardenburg made 2nd of 2 free throws 56-38
17:15 +2 Giorgi Bezhanishvili made hook shot, assist by Trent Frazier 56-40
16:54 +3 Dejan Vasiljevic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kameron McGusty 59-40
16:43   Lost ball turnover on Andres Feliz, stolen by Sam Waardenburg  
16:18 +3 Dejan Vasiljevic made 3-pt. jump shot 62-40
15:52   Shooting foul on Sam Waardenburg  
15:52 +1 Da'Monte Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 62-41
15:52   Da'Monte Williams missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
15:52   Defensive rebound by Dejan Vasiljevic  
15:48   Jumpball received by Miami (Fla.)  
15:48   Lost ball turnover on Trent Frazier, stolen by Willie Herenton  
15:36   Kameron McGusty missed layup, blocked by Giorgi Bezhanishvili  
15:34   Defensive rebound by Andres Feliz  
15:32   Personal foul on Harlond Beverly  
15:18 +2 Giorgi Bezhanishvili made layup, assist by Trent Frazier 62-43
15:10   Lost ball turnover on Harlond Beverly, stolen by Da'Monte Williams  
15:01   Ayo Dosunmu missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:59   Defensive rebound by Sam Waardenburg  
14:41   Dejan Vasiljevic missed jump shot  
14:39   Defensive rebound by Andres Feliz  
14:34 +2 Andres Feliz made layup 62-45
14:34   Shooting foul on Sam Waardenburg  
14:34   Andres Feliz missed free throw  
14:34   Offensive rebound by Kofi Cockburn  
14:32 +2 Kofi Cockburn made layup 62-47
14:20   Personal foul on Kofi Cockburn  
14:12 +2 Chris Lykes made layup 64-47
13:50 +3 Trent Frazier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Da'Monte Williams 64-50
13:31   Isaiah Wong missed jump shot, blocked by Alan Griffin  
13:29   Defensive rebound by Trent Frazier  
13:15   Alan Griffin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:13   Defensive rebound by Dejan Vasiljevic  
12:49   Chris Lykes missed jump shot  
12:47   Offensive rebound by Keith Stone  
12:42 +3 Dejan Vasiljevic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Keith Stone 67-50
12:29   Personal foul on Chris Lykes  
12:09   Andres Feliz missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:07   Defensive rebound by Keith Stone  
11:50   Personal foul on Alan Griffin  
11:31   Sam Waardenburg missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:31   Offensive rebound by Miami (Fla.)  
11:31   Shot clock violation turnover on Miami (Fla.)  
11:18   Andres Feliz missed floating jump shot  
11:16   Defensive rebound by Kameron McGusty  
11:06 +2 Kameron McGusty made floating jump shot 69-50
10:47 +2 Kofi Cockburn made dunk, assist by Giorgi Bezhanishvili 69-52
10:23   Personal foul on Kofi Cockburn  
10:10   Kameron McGusty missed floating jump shot  
10:08   Defensive rebound by Giorgi Bezhanishvili  
9:41   Da'Monte Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:39   Offensive rebound by Giorgi Bezhanishvili  
9:32   Giorgi Bezhanishvili missed hook shot  
9:30   Offensive rebound by Kofi Cockburn  
9:24 +2 Kofi Cockburn made hook shot 69-54
9:09 +2 Keith Stone made finger-roll layup 71-54
8:41 +2 Kofi Cockburn made layup, assist by Giorgi Bezhanishvili 71-56
8:22   Offensive foul on Isaiah Wong  
8:22   Turnover on Isaiah Wong  
8:07 +2 Ayo Dosunmu made jump shot 71-58
7:48   Out of bounds turnover on Sam Waardenburg  
7:40   Personal foul on Rodney Miller Jr.  
7:40 +1 Kofi Cockburn made 1st of 2 free throws 71-59
7:40 +1 Kofi Cockburn made 2nd of 2 free throws 71-60
7:26   Personal foul on Giorgi Bezhanishvili  
7:26   Chris Lykes missed free throw  
7:26   Defensive rebound by Da'Monte Williams  
7:09 +2 Ayo Dosunmu made jump shot 71-62
6:47   Kameron McGusty missed layup, blocked by Alan Griffin  
6:45   Defensive rebound by Alan Griffin  
6:20   Ayo Dosunmu missed jump shot, blocked by Rodney Miller Jr.  
6:18   Offensive rebound by Illinois  
6:13   Ayo Dosunmu missed jump shot  
6:11   Offensive rebound by Giorgi Bezhanishvili  
6:06