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No. 2 Michigan stays unbeaten, hands Illinois 5th straight loss

Ayo Dosunmu scores game high 23 points, Illini drop fifth straight game

CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- Illinois freshman Ayo Dosunmu put on a show in the first half scoring 19 of his game high 23 points but the Illini couldn't slow down No. 2 Michigan, as the Wolverines stayed unbeaten with a 79-69 win.

"He's doing it right now," Michigan head coach John Beilein said about Dosunmu. "For him to see the floor like he did, make some of the plays. Did he have both the blocks? Did he make both the blocks as well? So he's really a, he's a much more complete player, sort of like our kid Iggy. He's just playing above his years as a freshman and that's important."

It's the best start in program history for the Wolverines, and one of the worst for the Illini, who drop their fifth straight game and 12th overall this season. Giorgi Bezhanishvili put up 15 points, the seventh time this season the freshman has scored in double figures. Sophomore guard Trent Frazier added 13 but Michigan got five players with 10 or more points in a balanced attack.

"It's execution for us and it's staying within that and having that maturity to do that 40 minutes and then I think we'll see that result," Illinois head coach Brad Underwood said. "Our execution is becoming better, now we've got to consistently do that."

 


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