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March Madness - Drexel Dragons vs Illinois Fighting Illini Wrap - Illinois Wins 78-49

The battle between Illinois and Drexel didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Drexel was handed a 78-49 defeat on Friday at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

Bettors who backed Illinois were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as a favorite of -22.5 at sportsbooks.

Kofi Cockburn had 18 points for Illinois and Ayo Dosunmu chipped in with 17 points. Ayo Dosunmu had 6 assists for them, while Ayo Dosunmu was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 11 boards.

Drexel got 12 points from Xavier Bell in a losing cause and another 10 points from James Butler. Amari Williams contributed 3 assists for them, while James Butler had 10 rebounds.

Illinois was winning at the break before taking care of business in the second half.

Illinois had a 38-29 advantage in the rebounding department as they won the battle in the paint.