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Northwestern vs Illinois

Northwestern 74, Illinois 70


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - John Shurna scored 24 points to lead Northwestern past Illinois 74-70 on Sunday.

Reggie Hearn added 20 points on 7 of 8 shooting for the Wildcats (14-8, 4-6), who shot 60 percent from the floor to win back-to-back Big Ten games for the first time this season.

Brandon Paul scored 22 points and Meyers Leonard had 21 for Illinois (16-7, 5-5). Leonard was 10 of 12 from the field, making his first nine shots.

Northwestern opened the game with four quick 3-pointers to take an 18-9 lead, but a driving layup from Tracy Abrams topped a 20-11 run for Illinois to tie the game at 29.

Illinois didn't hold a lead until 16 minutes left in the second half, and an Abrams jumper with 5:17 left tied the score at 56-56, but Northwestern went on a 16-8 run from there to take control.

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Northwestern (14-8) «363874
Illinois (16-7)333770
Northwestern Wildcats
J. Shurna, F3811-150-132324
D. Crawford, G405-133-444313
D. Sobolewski, G405-92-422214
R. Hearn, G327-82-221320
A. Marcotullio, G301-30-07132
D. Curletti200-01-44221
Totals 29-488-1524121674
Illinois Fighting Illini
M. Leonard, C4010-121-290221
B. Paul, G406-114-634122
D. Richardson, G403-90-04319
J. Bertrand, G395-90-042512
T. Abrams, G282-42-32836
S. Maniscalco120-30-00120
M. Henry10-00-00010
N. Egwu00-00-00000
Totals 26-487-1122181570
Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
Michigan St.12-629-9
Ohio St.10-825-10
Penn St.6-1216-18
Other games
Michigan 54 Final
Mich St 64
Miami-FL 78 Final