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Dosunmu lifts No. 21 Illinois over Michigan

Field Level Media
26 Jan 2020, 05:40 GMT+10

Ayo Dosunmu scored a career-high 27 points, including the game-winner in the final second, as No. 21 Illinois stretched its winning streak to six games by defeating slumping Michigan 64-62 on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Dosunmu also grabbed seven rebounds for the Illini (15-5 overall, 7-2 Big Ten), who took sole possession of first place in the conference. Andres Feliz had 15 points and seven rebounds, while Trent Frazier added 10 points.

Zavier Simpson scored 17 points for the Wolverines (11-8, 2-6), who have lost four straight. Jon Teske and Franz Wagner each had 12 points, but Michigan lost to Illinois for the second time this season.

Wolverines forward Isaiah Livers returned to action after missing six games with a groin injury. Livers was injured again on a dunk attempt with 15:34 remaining and did not return. He finished with seven points and five rebounds.

Illinois guard Alan Griffin served the first of a two-game Big Ten suspension for stepping on an opponent.

Dosunmu had 16 first-half points as the Illini led 34-30 at halftime. Simpson kept his team close with 11 points. Michigan made just one of its 11 3-point attempts during the half and had no assists on its 11 baskets.

The Wolverines had an 8-1 spurt early in the second half, capped by a Livers 3-pointer, to gain a 38-37 lead.

Illinois reeled off seven straight points midway through the half to gain a 52-47 lead. Dosunmu hit a 3-pointer and a jumper and Feliz made a layup during that span.

Michigan scored the next five points to tie it. With 4:44 left, David DeJulius knocked down a trey to give the Wolverines a 60-58 advantage.

Dosunmu tied it with a layup but DeJulius answered with a baseline shot. Neither side scored again until Frazier hit two free throws with 51 seconds left to tie it at 62-62.

After Teske missed a shot in the lane, Dosunmu tossed in his decisive foul-line jumper over Simpson.

--Field Level Media

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