Bulldog Basketball Beat By No. 3 Illinois, 76-58
Nov 16, 2001
By JASON STRAIT
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Brian Cook had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Robert Archibald added 16 points to lead No. 3 Illinois to a 76-58 victory over Gonzaga on Friday night.
Cory Bradford had 17 points, and Frank Williams had 13 for the Illini (1-0), who were outrebounded 21-12 in the first half, but took advantage of their size in the second half by going to Cook and Archibald down low against a much shorter Gonzaga team.
Dan Dickau had 19 points for Gonzaga (0-1), which ended up outrebounding Illinois 38-29 but committed 20 turnovers.
Cook scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and made 7-of-7 free throws as Illinois built a 72-54 lead with 2:50 remaining.
Illinois led 36-29 at halftime, but jumped out to a 41-29 lead on a 3-pointer by Sean Harrington and two free throws from Cook.
Gonzaga never got closer than seven points the rest of the game.
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