CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Alfonso Plummer scored 24 points, Kofi Cockburn had a double-double and Illinois cruised to an 86-51 victory over Rutgers in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Cockburn, who came in leading the nation in scoring at 26.8 points per game, scored a season-low 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds. Jacob Grandison added 16 points for Illinois (6-2). RJ Hawkins hit a 3-pointer and then Williams hit another to gave Illinois the lead for good and spark a 16-2 run that made it 18-7 with 11 minutes left in the first half.
Jaden Jones led Rutgers (4-4) with 10 points. Ron Harper Jr., who went into the game leading the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game, finished with five points on 1-of-9 shooting.
Next up for the Illini is a game at Iowa on Monday night.
Other Big Ten notes
No. 2 Purdue holds off Iowa 77-70
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Jaden Ivey scored 19 points, Trevion Williams had 13 points and 18 rebounds, and No. 2 Purdue held off a late Iowa rally to win 77-70 in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Mason Gillis added 12 points off the bench for the Boilermakers (8-0).
The Hawkeyes (7-1) were without leading scorer and rebounder Keegan Murray, who injured his ankle in Monday’s victory at Virginia. Murray is averaging 24.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. His twin brother, Kris Murray, started in his place. Patrick McCaffery led Iowa with 15 points. Tony Perkins scored 14 and Murray 12 for Iowa.
Turgeon out as Maryland men’s hoops coach; Manning interim
Mark Turgeon is out as Maryland’s basketball coach after a slow start to his 11th season knocked the team out of the AP Top 25. The athletic department announced Friday that Turgeon was stepping down in what it called a mutual decision.
The Terrapins won at least 23 games in five of the past seven seasons, but Maryland has reached the Sweet 16 just once under Turgeon and hasn’t gone further.
The Terps began this season ranked, but a loss at home to Virginia Tech on Wednesday night dropped them to 5-3 on the season. Assistant Danny Manning was named interim coach for the rest of the season.