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Illinois makes program-record 18 3-pointers in 106-48 win

Illinois' Trent Frazier celebrates next to head coach Brad Underwood, a teammate's three-point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against St. Francis Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Champaign, Ill. Illinois set a single game school record of 18 three-point baskets in the team's 106-48 win.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Kofi Cockburn scored 21 points with 11 rebounds and Alfonso Plummer and Jacob Grandison combined for nine of a program-record 18 3-pointers and 37 points in Illinois’ 106-48 win over St. Francis (Pennsylvania).

Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn (21) scores over St. Francis’ Josh Cohen during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Champaign, Ill. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Cockburn made 9 of 11 shots with four dunks and brought an intimidating defensive presence inside against the Red Storm. His double-double was the 34th in his career.

Ronell Giles Jr. scored 16 points, Myles Thompson 12 and Ramiir Dixon-Conover 10 for St. Francis, which shot only 26%.

Next for Illinois (8-3) is the annual Braggin’ Rights game against Missouri at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The Illini lead the series 32-19, but the Tigers have won three straight, including an 81-78 victory last year. 

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