Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu: 'I let my team down today'
Ayo Dosunmu was willing to take responsibility for Illinois’ loss to Loyola Chicago on Sunday. The star struggled against the Ramblers defense in the Round of 32, but it was far from a one-man issue that cost the Fighting Illini a trip to the Sweet 16.
Dosunmu scored just 9 points, grabbed only 2 rebounds and dished out just 2 assists and shot 4-of-10 from the floor as Illinois fell 71-58 to Loyola Chicago on Sunday. The Illini saw their season end at 24-7 and they were the first No. 1 seed in this year’s March Madness tournament to be defeated.
“I let my team down today. I can take it,” Dosunmu said following game, per Jeremy Werner of Illini Inquirer. “I can take the criticism. I’ve taken it all. It’s another bump in the road.”
Sunday marked the final game of Dosunmu’s Illinois career. After three seasons in Champaign, the Illinois star will take his talent to the NBA and begin his career at the professional level. He has a lot of admiration for the program.
“The score doesn’t show it, but I love my guys,” he said. “I love this program.
“It’s been a great ride, a great run.”
Dosunmu ended his career at Illinois averaging 20.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists in his final year with the program. He was a firs-team All-B1G selection, an All-American pick and is a finalist for the Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year award.