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    Illinois Topped By Northwestern, 74-70
    Illinois center Meyers Leonard

    Illinois center Meyers Leonard

    Feb. 5, 2012

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    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Brandon Paul scored 22 points, but John Shurna scored 24 points to lead Northwestern past the Fighting Illini 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.

    Meyers Leonard tallied 21 points for Illinois (16-7, 5-5) and 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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