Men's Basketball
Illinois Defeats Northwestern in Overtime, 89-83

 
Illinois' Mike Tisdale (54) tries to shoot over Northwestern's John Shurna (24) as Northwestern's Kyle Rowley looks on in the first half of anNCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill., on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009. (AP Photo/Heather Coit)
Illinois' Mike Tisdale (54) tries to shoot over Northwestern's John Shurna (24) as Northwestern's Kyle Rowley looks on in the first half of anNCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill., on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009. (AP Photo/Heather Coit)
 

Dec. 30, 2009

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Mike Tisdale had a career-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Illinois spoiled No. 25 Northwestern's return to the rankings after 40 years with an 89-83 overtime victory Wednesday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Fellow big man Mike Davis had 20 points and 17 rebounds - his conference-leading seventh double-double - for the Illini (9-4), who beat Northwestern for the 11th straight time.

John Shurna had 27 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Wildcats (10-2), who moved into the rankings on Monday for the first time since January 1969 when the poll was still a Top 20.

The 7-foot-1 Tisdale and Davis combined for 10 of Illinois' 15 points in the overtime.

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