Second-half surge powers No. 12 Illinois past Northwestern

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Illinois head coach Brad Underwood, second from left, talks to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) – Kofi Cockburn scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half, and No. 12 Illinois rallied to beat Northwestern 81-56. Cockburn also had 12 rebounds in his eighth double-double of the season, asserting himself in the middle after Illinois got off to a rough start. Ayo Dosunmu added 15 points, and Trent Frazier and Adam Miller each scored 14. Northwestern shot just 2 for 24 and committed nine turnovers in the second half. Illinois went 19 for 32 after halftime.

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