LIVORNO, Italy — Another game, another 100-point outing for the Illinois men's basketball team.
Illinois topped 100 points for the third straight game in Italy, cruising past the Livorno All-Stars 107-74 on Friday night to improve to 3-0 on the four-game Italy tour. Five Illini players scored in double figures, led by Ayo Dosunmu's 26 points. Assistant coach Jamall Walker coached the team, as head coach Brad Underwood continues to allow his assistants to coach.
Illinois shot 64.4 percent on from inside the 3-point line (29-of-45) and made 28 free throws on 44 attempts. That allowed the Illini to record the 33-point victory despite shooting 28 percent from 3-point range.
Illinois forced 26 Livorno turnovers on the night. The Illini recorded 19 steals, led by Tevian Jones who had five while a trio of players – Dosunmu, Alan Griffin and Da'Monte Williams – added three apiece.
Dosunmu led the Illini in scoring for the second time on the trip, finishing with 26 on 10-of-18 shooting. He was joined in the 20-point club by Giorgi Bezhanishvili, who had an even 20 (7-of-10) with nine rebounds.
Jones had a breakout game, recording a double-double with 16 points and game-high 10 boards to go along with his five steals, three of which led to breakaway dunks. Griffin had another strong performance on the tour with 14 points and eight boards, and Trent Frazier joined the double-figure club by scoring 10 in just 16 minutes because of foul trouble.
The Illini and will play their final game of the tour Saturday night in Rome, taking on The Netherlands National B Team. Tipoff is scheduled for noon CT.