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Kofi Cockburn (left) and Ayo Dosunmu offer to help referee Lewis Garrison, after Cockburn inadvertently hit him in the head during the second half of Wednesday's game against MI. Cockburn was also fouled on the play.
But he clearly didn't see match official Lewis Garrison emerging from behind him, and proceeded to send Garrison crashing to the court as he caught him with his swinging right elbow and forearm. Cockburn's fist drilled Garrison on the head, forcing the referee to bend over and grab the area. 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.
Garrison did stay on the floor several minutes before returning to his feet.
Garrison was taken to a hospital as a safety precaution.
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"MI coach Juwan Howard said: "[Cockburn] didn't see him. "Very physical guy and one of the best offensive rebounders in NCAA basketball". "We've lost the last couple of close games and that just me being passionate, I hit him and I feel bad". "And unfortunately, I hit him, and I went to see him after and told him I was really sorry about it".
Ayo Dosunmu added 14 points, Andres Feliz had 13 and Giorgi Bezhanishvili 12 for IL (7-3, 1-1 Big Ten). He didn't seem mad at me'.
Four Illini finished in double-digit scoring figures Wednesday: freshman Kofi Cockburn (19 points), sophomore Ayo Dosunmu (14 points), senior Andres Feliz (13 points) and sophomore Giorgi Bezhanizhvili (12 points).
Jon Teske led the way for the Wolverines with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Isaiah Livers and Eli Brooks added 12 points each. Giorgi Bezhanishvili added 12 points for IL.