(Hawaii Athletic) - The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team battled hard for 40 minutes before falling to Illinois, 66-53, Monday night at the State Farm Center. UH fell to 3-2 following its first road game of the season.
 
The contest was tied at halftime and UH held the lead early in the second half. But Illinois (3-1) went on a game-changing 14-2 run to take a double-digit lead, a lead they maintained for the final 12 minutes of the game.
 
Freshman Kofi Cockburn led Illinois (3-1) with 15 points and 14 rebounds while Trent Frazier added 13. Zigmars Raimo finished with a team-high 16 points and six rebounds for UH and Eddie Stansberry chipped in 10 points.
 
Both teams struggled offensively to start the game, going a combined 4-of-24 from the floor. UH held the lead midway through the first half, before the Illini went on a 9-0 run to go-ahead. UH, however, eventually warmed up on the offensive and evened the game up at halftime, 26-26.
 
The 'Bows led 32-30 early in the second half, but Illinois scored 14 of the next 16 points to take a 44-34 advantage. UH would get no closer than five points thereafter.
 
Illinois shot 50 percent in the second half after shooting just 33 percent in the first half. UH finished the game shooting 38 percent, including just 3-of-22 on three-pointers.
 
UH now returns home for its next three games at home, beginning with a meeting versus New Orleans on Sunday, Nov. 24. The game will tipoff  at 5:00 p.m., following the women's game at 2:30 p.m.