The 7ft 2in, 132kg IL big man also accidentally bonked referee Lewis Garrison on the head with his forearm while celebrating a potential three-point play late in the second half, sending the official to the floor.
IL center Kofi Cockburn sparked a frightening moment on Wednesday night by accidentally punching an official while celebrating a clutch basket in the Illini's upset of fifth-ranked MI.
"He's very strong on the inside", MI coach Juwan Howard said.
'I'm a really emotional guy, ' Cockburn said afterwards.
Defensively, Michigan (8-2, 1-1 Big Ten) forced IL into 13 turnovers, while only making eight with six steals. "It was basically just me being me, being passionate about the game". I went and told him after the game that I was sorry. IL team doctors cleared Garrison on site, but he was taken to a local emergency room for further evaluation as a precaution, according to The Athletic's Brendan Quinn. He didn't seem mad at me'.
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"As you can see, we had to finish the game with two referees".
IL now leads the all-time series against MI, 88-85. After all, he ended up with 19 points and 10 rebounds against the number 5 in the country. IL took a 30-28 advantage into halftime with 26 of its points coming in the paint.
The Illini outscored the Wolverines, 44-26 in the paint.
With less than three minutes to play, the Wolverines offense heated up and stormed back to come within four, 66-62, with an 8-0 run, capped off with an and-one play from David DeJulius.
Sophomore Ayo Dosunmu added 14 points and grabbed a season-best eight rebounds.
Sophomore Giorgi Bezhanishvili tallied 12 points and hauled in eight rebounds.