CHAMPAIGN — After going winless in Maui, the Illinois men's basketball team improved to 2-4 with a 86-67 win over Mississippi Valley State (1-6).
Trent Frazier led the Illini with 16 points, Kipper Nichols had 14 and Alan Griffin and Da'Monte Williams each had 10.
Freshman Ayo Dosunmu had six points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
Illinois up 81-59 with 3:06 left
Alan Griffin hit a layup in transition and added a spin move to free himself from a defender to give the Illini an 81-59 lead.
Trent Frazier (16), Kipper Nichols (14) and Da'Monte Williams (10) are all in double figures scoring for Illinois.
Illinois up 66-48 with 11:05 left
An Aaron Jordan 3-pointer put Illinois up 66-48 with 11:05 left in the game. He has six points and Trent Frazier has 16 for the Illini.
Illinois is shooting 60 percent in the second half and Mississippi Valley State is shooting 62 percent after the break.
Solid minutes from Samba
Illinois freshman Samba Kane is playing fairly well in his first minutes of action this season. He as four points — a turnaround mid-range shot and a dunk — in five minutes of play.
Illinois leads 53-37 with 15:41 left in the game.
Frazier buzzer-beater ends first half
Trent Frazier hit a deep 3-pointer as the time ran down on the first half to give the Illini a 45-29 lead over Mississippi Valley State.
Frazier has 13 points and Kipper Nichols has 12 for the Illini.
Illinois has attempted 21 3-pointers and is shooting 43 percent from deep.
Double figure lead for Illinois
A 3-pointer from Tyler Underwood extended the Illinois lead to 42-29 with 53.4 seconds left in the first half.
Kipper getting it going
Illinois forward Kipper Nichols has 12 points, more points than he scored on the entire Maui Invitational trip. Brad Underwood is opening his rotation, putting in Samson Oladimeji, Samba Kane and Tyler Underwood.
Trent Frazier is the only other Illinois player in double figures.
MVSU guard Jordan Evans has 15 points and is scoring in a variety of ways.
Illinois leads 37-29 with 2:13 left in the first half.
Illinois sputtering early
The Illini entered the game as 25-point favorites against a Mississippi Valley State team that lost to Nebraska by 69 points. Illinois is slow out of the gates with a 24-23 lead with 8 minutes left in the first half.
Illinois is shooting 35 percent from the field and is 8-of-23 from 3-point land after taking 13 consecutive 3-pointers to open the game.
Trent Frazier has 10 points for the Illini.
Illini lead 22-18
The Illini continue to hit from deep (6-of-13) and lead Mississippi Valley State 22-18 with 12:00 left in the first half.
Three ball falling for Illinois
Trent Frazier has a pair of 3-pointers, Kipper Nichols as a triple and Aaron Jordan has a 3-pointer to help the Illini out to a 14-8 lead over Mississippi Valley State with 15:59 left in the first half.
Frazier has eight points.