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Turner's 3-pointer lifts Northwestern over Illinois 68-66

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) A.J. Turner got a second chance and made the most of it.

Turner hit a 3-pointer with 10.1 seconds left to give Northwestern a 68-66 victory over rival Illinois on Sunday, the Wildcats' first Big Ten win of the season.

The junior forward missed a wild 3-point attempt with just under 20 seconds left, but Dererk Pardon grabbed the rebound and threw it back out to Turner for the game-winning basket.

''I thought I got a clean look at the first one, and it was just a little short,'' he said. ''My coaches and my teammates have been telling me just to be aggressive, so I just let it fly.''

Vic Law had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Turner and Ryan Taylor had 12 points apiece and Anthony Gaines added 11 for Northwestern (10-5, 1-3).

Ayo Dosunmu had 18 points and Adonis De La Rosa added 12 for Illinois (4-11, 0-4), which has lost four straight.

''We've got a hurting locker room; there's a lot of tears in that locker room,'' Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. ''As a coach, you feel for them, and yet you walk away from them and you're excited because it hurts. That's when you're playing the right way. That's when you're playing for the name on the front of your jersey.

''This team will continue to stay together. We'll continue to fight.''

Northwestern won last season's meeting 72-68 in overtime. Illinois leads the all-time series 134-42.

Giorgi Bezhanishvili gave Illinois a 66-65 lead on a follow basket with 1:31 to play. After each team had a scoreless possession, Northwestern got the ball back with 34.5 seconds to go to set up the game winner.

Trent Frazier missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer for the Illini.

Following a slow start offensively, Northwestern received a lift when freshman Ryan Greer entered the game at point guard seven minutes into the game. The Wildcats rallied for a 24-16 lead with five minutes left before halftime and seemingly had taken control.

But Illinois, after going scoreless for more than four minutes, closed the first half with a 15-1 run to take a 31-25 lead at the intermission.

Law had just two points on 1-for-6 shooting in the first half. He finished 4 for 12 from the field with six turnovers.

Illinois stretched its lead to eight points early in the second half before Northwestern rallied to tie the score at 42 on a 3-point play by Gaines with 13 minutes to go.

The game stayed tight the rest of the way.

''Terrific win for us,'' Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. ''This was a game we knew we had to win. There was no sugarcoating it. We had had three really difficult losses against three of the best, not only in the conference but in the country. We had to come home and we had to find a way to win, and we did, so I'm really proud of my team.''

BIG PICTURE

Illinois: The Illini are solid defensively, but must develop more consistency on offense to win in the Big Ten.

Northwestern: To be competitive in the Big Ten and have a shot at an NCAA tournament bid, the Wildcats need more consistent play out of Law. Also, the lack of a true point guard in the starting lineup is more apparent against quality opponents.

SHUTOUT

Illinois averages 9.2 3-pointers a game, which is second in the Big Ten. The Illini were held to 0-for-11 shooting behind the arc by Northwestern.

HE SAID IT

Collins on Turner shooting again after missing the first 3-point attempt:

''You're not going to win at this level if you don't have the courage to step up. Live with the result, but it's not going to be a good result if you don't do it with courage. I was really proud of him for taking the shot.''

UP NEXT

Illinois: Host No. 2 Michigan on Thursday night.

Northwestern: Host No. 25 Iowa on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
A. Dosunmu
V. Law
32.7 Min. Per Game 32.7
17.9 Pts. Per Game 17.9
2.9 Ast. Per Game 2.9
6.0 Reb. Per Game 6.0
42.6 Field Goal % 44.0
39.0 Three Point % 37.6
66.7 Free Throw % 83.6
  Offensive rebound by Illinois 0.0
  Trent Frazier missed 3-pt. jump shot 0.0
+ 3 A.J. Turner made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dererk Pardon 10.0
  Offensive rebound by Dererk Pardon 13.0
  A.J. Turner missed jump shot 15.0
  Shot clock violation turnover on Illinois 34.0
  Defensive rebound by Trent Frazier 1:05
  Anthony Gaines missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:07
+ 2 Giorgi Bezhanishvili made dunk 1:31
  Offensive rebound by Giorgi Bezhanishvili 1:33
  Ayo Dosunmu missed layup 1:35
Team Stats
Points 66 68
Field Goals 22-56 (39.3%) 20-49 (40.8%)
3-Pointers 0-11 (0.0%) 8-19 (42.1%)
Free Throws 22-27 (81.5%) 20-26 (76.9%)
Total Rebounds 35 34
Offensive 8 4
Defensive 21 25
Team 6 5
Assists 10 14
Steals 9 5
Blocks 5 5
Turnovers 11 15
Fouls 19 22
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
13 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Illinois 4-11 313566
home team logo Northwestern 10-5 254368
Team Stats
away team logo Illinois 4-11 72.7 PPG 36.1 RPG 13.5 APG
home team logo Northwestern 10-5 65.9 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.1 APG
Key Players
11
A. Dosunmu G 13.8 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.3 APG 43.5 FG%
4
V. Law F 15.0 PPG 6.4 RPG 3.0 APG 39.6 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Dosunmu G 18 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
V. Law F 13 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
39.3 FG% 40.8
0.0 3PT FG% 42.1
81.5 FT% 76.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Dosunmu 18 5 2 6/12 0/4 6/7 1 36 0 1 2 0 5
K. Nichols 8 6 3 3/9 0/2 2/3 3 32 3 0 0 3 3
G. Bezhanishvili 8 3 0 4/9 0/1 0/0 3 19 1 1 1 1 2
T. Frazier 6 4 3 2/8 0/3 2/2 3 25 3 0 3 0 4
A. Jordan 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 15 0 1 2 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Dosunmu 18 5 2 6/12 0/4 6/7 1 36 0 1 2 0 5
K. Nichols 8 6 3 3/9 0/2 2/3 3 32 3 0 0 3 3
G. Bezhanishvili 8 3 0 4/9 0/1 0/0 3 19 1 1 1 1 2
T. Frazier 6 4 3 2/8 0/3 2/2 3 25 3 0 3 0 4
A. Jordan 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 15 0 1 2 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. De La Rosa 12 3 0 4/6 0/0 4/5 3 14 0 0 0 0 3
D. Williams 10 4 1 1/4 0/0 8/10 4 28 1 2 1 2 2
A. Feliz 2 1 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 16 1 0 0 1 0
S. Kane 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0
T. Underwood 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 1
A. Griffin 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
T. Jones 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 1 0 0
D. Cayce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Oladimeji - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Griffith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Higgs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 66 29 10 22/56 0/11 22/27 19 200 9 5 11 8 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
V. Law 13 10 2 4/12 0/4 5/5 4 37 2 1 6 2 8
R. Taylor 12 0 0 4/8 4/8 0/0 4 32 1 1 1 0 0
A. Turner 12 3 4 2/6 2/3 6/8 4 31 0 0 4 0 3
D. Pardon 10 8 1 2/4 0/0 6/8 3 35 2 3 0 1 7
M. Kopp 4 3 1 2/6 0/1 0/0 3 15 0 0 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
V. Law 13 10 2 4/12 0/4 5/5 4 37 2 1 6 2 8
R. Taylor 12 0 0 4/8 4/8 0/0 4 32 1 1 1 0 0
A. Turner 12 3 4 2/6 2/3 6/8 4 31 0 0 4 0 3
D. Pardon 10 8 1 2/4 0/0 6/8 3 35 2 3 0 1 7
M. Kopp 4 3 1 2/6 0/1 0/0 3 15 0 0 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Gaines 11 4 2 3/7 2/3 3/5 1 27 0 0 1 1 3
R. Greer 4 1 3 2/5 0/0 0/0 1 15 0 0 1 0 1
B. Benson 2 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0
P. Nance 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
J. Ash - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Falzon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Hall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Malnati - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 29 14 20/49 8/19 20/26 22 200 5 5 15 4 25