Trent Frazier steps up, leads Illinois to key road win over Indiana
When Kofi Cockburn was held in check for a good portion of Saturday’s game between Illinois and Indiana, it was Trent Frazier who stepped up.
The senior guard scored 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting, which including a 3-of-6 mark behind the 3-point line, leading the Fighting Illini to a 74-57 victory over the Hoosiers. He also had 4 assists and 2 rebounds.
Indiana’s defense stepped up in a big way early, holding Cockburn to just 5 points in the first half. It was a major credit to Race Thompson and Michael Durr, the two primarily responsible for defending the All-B1G center after he scored 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against Wisconsin on Wednesday.
Frazier was able to keep Illinois in the ball game by hitting several key shots in the first half.
All we have to say: @trentfrazier.
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Cockburn found a rhythm in the second half, scoring 12 points to finish with 17 on the afternoon. He also grabbed 8 rebounds and was credited with 2 steals.
The Illini also got a double-digit performance from Alfonso Plummer, who pitched in 14 points.
Indiana was led by Race Thompson, who scored 13 for the Hoosiers. Xavier Johnson added 12 points, the only two from IU to hit double figures in the 17-point loss.
With the win Illinois stays atop the B1G standings, improving to 10-2. Indiana drops to 7-5 in league play.