Men's Basketball
Leonard Rejects Northwestern Upset Bid

 
Meyes Leonard had 12 points, 8 rebounds and the game-saving block as time expired in Illinois' win at Northwestern.
Meyes Leonard had 12 points, 8 rebounds and the game-saving block as time expired in Illinois' win at Northwestern.
 

Jan. 4, 2012

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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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