Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY

Donnal leads charge in 78-68 victory over Illinois

Mark Donnal finished with a career-high 26 points as Michigan defeats Illinois on the road 78-68.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Mark Donnal would like to announce that he too can fill it up when he wants to.

That was the case on Wednesday during Michigan's 78-68 victory over Illinois. Donnal finished the game with a staggering 26 points, a career and season high for the junior center, on 11-for-15 shooting and also contributing nine rebounds as well.

Those nine rebounds were also a career-high mark.

U-M coach John Beilein spoke on Tuesday about fixing rebounding, especially on the offensive side of the glass, and the Wolverines appeared to be on the right track on Wednesday by outrebounding Illinois 38-27.

The Illini held a 37-34 lead at halftime but thanks to the strong play of Donnal and business-like effort from Caris LeVert, U-M took control and didn't look back despite a late push by the Illini late in the second half.

LeVert finished with yet another double-double, adding 22 points and 10 rebounds to his name.

U-M heads back home to Ann Arbor to face Penn State on Saturday, Jan. 2. Tip-off is scheduled 12 p.m. EST.


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