14th Ranked Illini Rebound With 97-68 Decimation of Wolverines

Coleman Hawkins filled the stat sheet with 17 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the arc, five rebounds, five assists, and two blocked shots as he stays unbeaten all-time vs. Michigan. (Courtesy Illinois Athletics)

By IlliniGuys Staff

February 13, 2024

(Cover photo courtesy Illinois Athletics)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Marcus Domask told the IlliniGuys on their syndicated Sports Spectacular radio show last week that he would love to have a 30-point win at some point so that he can watch the final minutes from the bench.

His Illinois teammates granted his wish Tuesday night.

Terrence Shannon Jr. scored a Big Ten season-high 31 points as 14th ranked Illinois bounced back from an upset loss at Michigan State Saturday to post a dominating 97-68 victory over visiting Michigan.

It's the most lopsided win over the Wolverines since an 80-51 win in Champaign in January, 2001 as Illini coach Brad Underwood improves to 8-0 all-time vs. Michigan coach Juwan Howard.

It's the sixth 90-point game of the season and third in conference play for Illinois (18-6, 9-4 in Big Ten), which used a 16-2 run to finish the first half and take their largest lead in the game into the locker room  at 47-29.

Shannon keyed the run with 11 points as he scored 19 in the half, hitting 4-of-6 from three-point range.  It's his best scoring night since returning from a six-game suspension and two shy of his career-high 33 points scored against Florida Atlantic in early December.

Coleman Hawkins scored 17 points and dished out a team-high five assists.  Marcus Domask added 13 points and Quincy Guerrier broke out of a recent funk with 10 points and a team-leading seven rebounds.

Illinois hit 56 percent from the field and made 12 of 25 attempts from the arc.

Michigan (8-17, 3-11) was led by 17 points from Terrance Williams.

Illinois returns to action Saturday when they visit Maryland (4:30pm CT, FOX), where the Illini have never won since the Terrapins joined the Big Ten in 2014.

Stay with IlliniGuys.com for complete postgame coverage from State Farm Center.

 

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