No. 5 Illinois — without Ayo Dosunmu — almost blows late double-digit lead but hangs on for 74-69 win against No. 23 Wisconsin

Illinois wasn’t perfect but got the job done in its second game without star guard Ayo Dosunmu. Dosunmu, who suffered a facial injury Tuesday at Michigan State, sat on the sideline and watched the No. 5 Illini hang on to beat No. 23 Wisconsin, 74-69, on Saturday in Madison. Illinois (18-6, 14-4) struggled with 20 turnovers, which the Badgers (16-9, 10-8) converted into 19 points. Kofi Cockburn and Andre Curbelo led the way again, as they did Thursday in an 86-70 victory against Nebraska. Cockburn had 19 points and seven rebounds Saturday, while freshman Curbelo scored 17 points and grabbed sev…

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