Illinois vs Northwestern

Illinois 57, Northwestern 56

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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Myke Henry made one of two free throws with 6 seconds left and Meyers Leonard blocked a shot just before the buzzer as Illinois pulled out a 57-56 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night.

Leonard hit a free throw with 29 seconds left to put the Illini up 56-54, but Northwestern's Drew Crawford tied it on a tip with 17 seconds remaining.

After Brandon Paul drove but couldn't connect, Henry was fouled on a rebound follow-up. He made one free throw but missed the second.

Crawford rebounded and tried to drive the length of the floor, but the 7-foot-1 Leonard swatted the shot away.

Leonard led the Illini (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) with 12 points. Paul and Joseph Bertrand added 10 each.

Shurna, the Big Ten's leading scorer at 18.6 for Northwestern (11-4, 1-2), had 17 first-half points but just the three in the second under tough defense from Paul.

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Illinois Fighting Illini
M. Leonard, C334-94-880412
B. Paul, G394-121-344210
D. Richardson, G383-70-22418
J. Bertrand, G324-82-281310
T. Abrams, G300-30-05350
M. Henry152-51-23026
N. Egwu83-33-30019
T. Griffey51-20-00002
Totals 21-4911-2036121857
 42.9%55% 
Northwestern Wildcats
J. Shurna, F408-171-172220
D. Crawford, F383-122-46048
L. Mirkovic, C222-60-04324
D. Sobolewski, G390-52-24242
R. Hearn, G113-51-12008
J. Cobb172-52-40116
A. Marcotullio171-21-23134
D. Curletti161-32-43134
Totals 20-5511-1834101956
 36.4%61.1% 
Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wisconsin16-236-44
Maryland14-428-713
Michigan St.12-627-1223
Iowa12-622-1243
Purdue12-621-1355
Ohio St.11-724-1141
Indiana9-920-1461
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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