Kofi Cockburn had 27 points, while Alfonso Plummer had 26. 15 Illinois beat Michigan 93-85 on Sunday.

Plummer scored 23 points in the opening half, while the Fighting Illini had eight. The Wolverines took a 15-point lead in the second half, but they rallied to try for a comeback win. Illinois put Michigan out of reach with a jump hook, and a 3, to win within a game of Big Ten-leading Wisconsin and 13th-ranked Wisconsin.

Frazier was awarded 17 points, while Andre Curbelo had 12 for the Illini (20-8; 13-5).

Michigan was without Juwan Howard (suspended coach), who missed the second game of five for hitting a Wisconsin assistant coach last week. DeVante’ Jones scored 25 points for the season and tied a career-high with 10 assists for Michigan (15-12, 9-8).

NO. 14 HOUSTON 75 SMU 61

HOUSTON (AP), — Fabian White Jr. scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Josh Carlton had 19 points and eight rebounds in Houston’s win over SMU.

Taze Moore scored 11 points. Jamal Shead added 10 points and 11 assists. Houston was 24-4, 13-2 American Athletic Conference. Houston held a 48-30 lead in points in the paint and shot 45%. They also had a 49-25 edge in rebounding in their fourth consecutive win.

Kendric Davis had 19 points, while Michael Weathers scored 10 for the Mustangs (20-7 and 11-4). SMU shot 39%, but struggled with 3-pointers, missing four of 21.


WASHINGTON (AP), R.J. Cole scored 18 and UConn was a master from behind the arc, sending Georgetown to its 18th consecutive loss.

Connecticut (21-6, 12-5 Big East), shot 11 of 20 3-pointers. Isaiah Whaley scored 14 and Tyler Polley, Jordan Hawkins added 11. UConn’s longest winning streak was five.

Georgetown (6-22, 0-17) was still winless in conference play. Dante Harris had 23 points, Aminu Mohammed had 16 and Donald Carey had 13.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Fatts Russ tied his career-high with 27 points. Eric Ayala scored 23, and Maryland defeated Ohio State.

Six of their eight previous losses had been suffered by the Terrapins (14-15 and 6-12 Big Ten). They defeated the Buckeyes (18-8 and 11-6) to keep them at 36.2%.

E.J. Liddell was held to 11 points by Ohio State’s E.J. Malaki Branham, a freshman star who had averaged 26.7 in his three previous games, was held to just 13 points to lead the Buckeyes.