Kipper Nichols scored 19 points, and Trent Frazier had 17 points to lift Illinois to a 91-60 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night in Champaign.
In just the second start of his career, Nichols also recorded a team-high six rebounds and team-high three steals.
Frazier had the hot hand early, ripping off a personal 9-0 run in the first half to put Illinois (12-11, 2-8 Big Ten) in the driver’s seat. He scored 15 points in the opening half on five 3-pointers. He has scored in double figures for six consecutive games, averaging 17.7 points during that stretch.
Illinois pressured the ball all night, scoring 37 points off 25 Rutgers turnovers. The Illini also outscored the Scarlet Knights 11-5 in fast break points. The 31-point victory earned Illinois its first Big Ten winning streak since March of last season.
Geo Baker had 19 points to lead the Scarlet Knights (12-12, 2-9), who went roughly 10 minutes in the first half without a made field goal and shot just 42.2 percent from the field. Rutgers has now lost 11 straight conference road games and has won only one since joining the Big Ten in 2014.
No. 17 Ohio St. 71, Indiana 56: Jae’Sean Tate scored 16 points as the balanced Buckeyes took control early in cruising to a win at home.
Kaleb Wesson added 14 points, and Keita Bates-Diop had 13 points and 13 rebounds as Ohio State (19-5, 10-1 Big Ten) bounced back from last week’s buzzer-beater loss to Penn State thanks in part to 40 points in the paint.
Devonte Green scored 20 for the Hoosiers (12-11, 5-6), who have lost three in a row and four of five. Indiana, playing its fourth game in 8 days, shot just 36.4 percent from the floor after hitting better than 50 percent of its shots the past three games.
Cent. Michigan 81, N. Illinois 67: Josh Kozinski broke Central Michigan’s program record for career 3-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Chippewas past the visiting Huskies.
Kozinski did all his damage from long range, knocking down a career-high eight in 15 attempts for Central Michigan (14-8, 3-6 MAC). The Michigan native has 275 3-pointers, topping the mark of 271 set last season by Braylon Rayson.
Eugene German paced the Huskies (10-12, 3-6) with 21 points and seven rebounds.
Noah McCarty finished with 2 points on 1-for-3 shooting, with three rebounds, two blocks and a steal.
NIU fell to 1-9 on the road this season.