Illinois 64, No. 16 Michigan 53
Jan. 25, 1998
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) _ Kevin Turner scored 17 points and Illinois held No. 16 Michigan to its lowest point total of the season in a 64-53 victory Sunday.
Michigan finished 24 points below its season average and the total was one point below what the Wolverines scored in a one-point win over Detroit on Nov. 30.
Illinois (13-7, 5-2 Big Ten) took control of the game early in the second half as a 9-0 run gave it a 42-30 lead with 15:30 left. Turner started the spurt with a basket that was followed by a 3-pointer by Matt Heldman. Brian Johnson added a free throw and Turner completed the run with a 3-pointer.
Michigan (15-5, 5-2) didn't score its first basket of the second half until Louis Bullock hit a jumper with 15:07 left.
Michigan scored just 22 points in the second half, but still cut Illinois' lead to 51-44 with six minutes left.
But Illinois responded to the run with seven straight points over the next 2:45 as Victor Chukwudebe scored on a baseline drive and dunk, Johnson made three throws and another 3 by Heldman.
Jerry Hester had 15 points for Illinois and Chukwudebe added a season-high 10.
Maceo Baston had 14 points for Michigan, while Bullock added 13, Jerod Ward 11 and Robert Traylor 10.
Michigan shot just 33 percent from the field (20-of-60) and Illinois wasn't a lot better, shooting 41 percent (23-of-56).
The Wolverines used their size advantage to dominate the rebounding by a 42-35 margin.
Illinois led 16-14 with 11 minutes left in the first half when Turner, who scored six quick points, sparked a 13-4 run to put the Illini up 29-18 with seven minutes remaining. Illinois led 33-22 with four minutes left when the Wolverines went on an 8-0 run to cut Illinois' halftime lead to 33-30.