VARESE, Italy — The University of Illinois opened its four-game Italy Tour by dominating CUS Insubria, 118-56, on Tuesday night.
All 10 Illini logged double digit minutes, including seven players between 21 and 24 minutes. Head coach Brad Underwood is using the trip to give his coaching staff opportunities to serve as head coach, with Geoff Alexander in that role on Tuesday.
Freshman Kofi Cockburn and senior Andres Feliz were unable to travel with the team on their Aug. 4 flight out of Miami because of visa issues. Assistant coach Jamall Walker is in Miami with them, and the team is hopeful they will be able to join the team in Italy.
Illinois shot 60.2 percent, including 41.4 percent from 3-point range (12-29). The Illini had 17 steals, leading to a number of fast-break scoring chances.
Sophomore Ayo Dosunmu led in scoring with 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3-point land. He also had five assists and four rebounds.
Sophomore Giorgi Bezhanishvili scored 18 points on 9-of-10 accuracy in the lane and grabbing six boards. Junior Trent Frazier scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half while senior Kipper Nichols had 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Sophomore Alan Griffin finished with 14 points on 6-of-11 from the field and a game-high 11 rebounds – eight coming on the offensive glass.
Junior Da'Monte Williams also was strong on the boards, collecting 10 while grabbing a game-high five steals.
The Illini are back in action Wednesday against the Gazzada All-Stars at 1 p.m. CT.