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No. 11 Arizona stays undefeated with 83-79 win at Illinois

Christian Koloko, Kofi Cockburn, Da'Monte Williams
Posted at 5:48 PM, Dec 11, 2021

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Bennedict Mathurin scored 27 points to power No. 11 Arizona over Illinois 83-79 on Saturday.

Trailing the Illini by one with 2:22 to play, Arizona's Azuolas Tubelis capitalized on an offensive rebound by putting in a layup.

On the next possession, Christian Koloko forced a turnover, and Mathurin scored an easy layup to make it 79-76 with 1:55 to go.

Sophomore guard Kerr Kriisa added 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists for 9-0 Arizona, while Tubelis had 16 points and eight rebounds.

For 7-3 Illinois, guard Trent Frazier had 27 points, Alfonso Plummer added 25 points, and Kofi Cockburn had 12 rebounds.

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