Minnesota vs Illinois

Illinois 81, Minnesota 72

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Brandon Paul scored a breakaway dunk that put Illinois ahead in double overtime Tuesday night and Meyers Leonard hit the layup that sealed the 81-72 victory over Minnesota.

Paul swiped the ball from Ralph Sampson III for the dunk that gave the Illini (12-2, 1-0 Big Ten) a three-point cushion at 73-70. Leonard's layup with 1:11 left made it 78-72 and finished the Golden Gophers (12-2, 0-1).

Paul finished with 21 points. Leonard had 20 and a game-high 11 rebounds for his third straight double-double.

Sampson led Minnesota with a game-high 22 points plus nine rebounds. Julian Welch added 15 points.

The Illini led by 13 midway through the second half before the Gophers stormed back to tie it with just over 6 minutes to play on a 3-pointer by Welch. A pair of Leonard free throws with 7 seconds left sent the game to overtime.

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Minnesota Golden Gophers
R. Williams, F343-61-17158
R. Sampson III, C398-196-693422
J. Welch, G404-135-713215
A. Hollins, G383-62-24028
M. Ahanmisi, G372-70-06514
E. Eliason181-40-05012
A. Hollins163-72-20129
J. Coleman141-20-00112
C. Armelin81-50-00002
O. Osenieks40-00-01100
A. Ingram20-00-00010
Totals 26-6916-1835151972
 37.7%88.9% 
Illinois Fighting Illini
T. Griffey, F70-00-01120
M. Leonard, C426-108-9111320
B. Paul, G485-168-1076321
D. Richardson, G425-131-252213
S. Maniscalco, G364-70-033010
J. Bertrand316-101-111213
T. Abrams231-20-03012
N. Egwu201-20-05022
M. Shaw10-00-01020
Totals 28-6018-2242141781
 46.7%81.8% 
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Michigan St.12-627-1223
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Illinois9-919-1473
Michigan8-1016-1680
Minnesota6-1218-1598
Northwestern6-1215-17124
Nebraska5-1313-18158
Penn St.4-1418-16108
Rutgers2-1610-22179
 
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