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Kofi Cockburn had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Andres Feliz added 21 points and Illinois pulled away late to beat Grand Canyon 83-61 Friday night.

 

Illinois (2-0) worked the ball inside to Cockburn early and that opened up the rest of the floor. The Illini led by four at halftime and stretched it to 14 with a big run to start the second half.

 

Riding the energy from one of college basketball’s best home crowds, Grand Canyon (0-2) kept it close in the first half and made a late run to cut the Illini’s lead to four.

 

Grand Canyon spread the floor to make a late run and made 8 of 19 from 3-point range.

 

The Antelopes were no match for the Illini inside, outrebounded 52-26 while giving up 15 second-chance points on 20 offensive rebounds. Illinois also had a 44-32 advantage in the paint.

 

Isiah Brown led Grand Canyon with 18 points and Jovan Blacksher Jr. added 14.

 

Grand Canyon kept pace from the 3-point arc, where it struggled in the opener. The Lopes made 5 of 9 in the first half — they were 2 for 19 against Davenport — to stay within 41-37 at halftime.

 

Illinois hit its first six shots to open the second half on a 15-4 run, pushing the lead to 56-41.

 

The Antelopes kept Illinois from running away with it, hanging around before trimming the lead to 71-67 with four minutes left.

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