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Shannon leads No. 13 Illinois past Minnesota 105-97

Illinois's Terrence Shannon Jr. (0) gives Minnesota's Mike Mitchell Jr. an earful after Shannon Jr., scored a 3-point basket on Mitchell Jr., during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, in Champaign, Ill. Illinois won 105-97.

CHAMPAIGN — Terrance Shannon Jr. scored 29 points, Marcus Domask had 22 and Coleman Hawkins added 20 to lead No. 13 Illinois to a 105-97 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Dain Dainja had 11 points and six rebounds for the Illini (21-7, 12-5 Big Ten), who scored more than 85 points for the 10th time in 12 games.

Dawson Garcia scored 29 points and Cam Christie had 23 for Minnesota (17-11, 8-9). Mike Mitchell Jr. added 17 points, Pharrel Payne had 15 and nine rebounds and Elijah Hawkins had 12 assists.

Minnesota led 63-62 with 14:15 left, but a jumper by Shannon put Illinois ahead for good.

Illinois shot 61.3% from the field and Minnesota shot 60%, including 14 of 20 on 3-pointers.

The win was Illinois’ eighth straight over Minnesota and kept the Illini in second place in the Big Ten, two games behind No. 2 Purdue (14-3) with three conference games remaining for both teams.
Illinois improved to 15-2 at home with one game remaining at the State Farm Center.

BIG PICTURE

Minnesota: Despite the loss, it has been a remarkable turnaround season for the Gophers. They were 7-18 at this point of the season last year. The 10-win improvement is the best in the Big Ten and one of the best nationally.

Illinois: The Illini went off script and dug deep into their bench Sunday in a 95-85 win over Iowa. Ten players logged 10-plus minutes and all 10 scored at least two points. Ten players saw action against Minnesota, eight scored, and the Illini bench outscored Minnesota’s reserves 18-3..

UP NEXT

Minnesota: Home vs. Penn State on Saturday.
Illinois: At Wisconsin on Saturday.

Associated Press

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