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    Wolverines (7-7) fall to .500 after loss to No. 25 Illinois, 68-53


    Champaign, Ill. — Through the first 33 minutes, the shorthanded Wolverines put up a fight.

    They mucked up the game. They dug in on defense. They crashed the offensive glass and generated steals. They brought the energy, effort, and hustle against one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten.

    But they couldn’t sustain it as things fell apart over the final seven minutes and No. 25 Illinois used a late surge to send Michigan to its third straight loss, 68-53, Friday at State Farm Center.

    Illinois' Kofi Cockburn (21) and Michigan's Moussa Diabate vie for a rebound during the first half.

    Grad transfer guard DeVante’ Jones had 17 points for Michigan (7-7, 1-3 Big Ten), which has lost four of five and shot 10% from 3-point range (1-for-10).

    Kofi Cockburn finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, Trent Frazier scored 18 and Alfonso Plummer had 15 points for Illinois (13-3, 6-0), which outscored Michigan 23-9 over the final 6:35 to reel off its sixth straight win.



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