Cockburn’s double-double leads Fighting Illini past Minnesota

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Minnesota forward Jamison Battle (10) tries to shoot as Illinois forward Omar Payne (4) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kofi Cockburn had 29 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high four blocks for his eighth double-double of the season and Illinois dominated Minnesota Tuesday night 76-53 for its fourth straight win in the series.

Cockburn scored five points in a 9-0 run to open the second half to help build a 50-30 lead, and Illinois led by at least 18 points the rest of the way. Cockburn, who entered ranked fourth in the nation in scoring at 21.8 points per game and third with 12.1 rebounds, was 10 of 19 from the field despite being double-teamed down low.

Jamison Battle and sixth-year senior Eric Curry each scored 10 points for Minnesota.

The Fighting Illini are off to a 3-0 start in Big Ten play for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

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