Scores

Final

Northwestern 74

(14-8, 4-6 Big Ten)

Illinois 70

(16-7, 5-5 Big Ten)

Coverage: BTN

3:00 PM ET, February 5, 2012

State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois

1 2 T
NW 36 3874
ILL 33 3770

Top Performers

Northwestern: J. Shurna 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

Illinois: M. Leonard 21 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Blk

Northwestern 74, Illinois 70

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- 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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Team Stat Comparison

 
NW
ILL
Points 74 70
FG Made-Attempted 29-48 (.604) 26-48 (.542)
3P Made-Attempted 8-20 (.400) 11-24 (.458)
FT Made-Attempted 8-15 (.533) 7-11 (.636)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
Largest Lead 9 4

2011-12 Season

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