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Illinois pulls away from Warriors, 66-53

Illinois used a second-half surge to pull away in a 66-53 victory over the University of Hawai’i on Monday at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.

The game was tied at 26 at halftime, and the Rainbow Warriors took a brief 28-26 lead in the second half, but the Fighting Illini methodically distanced themselves after that.

Hawai’i, which was playing its first road game of this season, dropped to 3-2. Illinois imporoved to 3-1.

Kofi Cockburn, a 7-foot, 290-pound freshman center, led the Illini with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Illinois out-rebounded the Warriors, 44-26.