Scores

Final

Illinois 70

(15-8, 5-5 Big Ten)

Northwestern 71

(14-8, 4-7 Big Ten)

    Coverage: CBS

    1:00 PM ET, February 5, 2011

    Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois

    1 2 T
    ILL 29 4170
    NW 35 3671

    Top Performers

    Illinois: B. Paul 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Northwestern: M. Thompson 22 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Michael Thompson hits big 3s to help NU edge Illinois

    Associated Press

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Michael Thompson scored 22 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and Northwestern escaped with a wild 71-70 victory over Illinois (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today) on Saturday.

    Northwestern (14-8, 4-7 Big Ten) blew a 12-point lead in the second half and had to hang on after getting it back up to seven.

    Demetri McCamey nailed a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left, pulling the Fighting Illini (15-8, 5-5) within 68-65. The drama was just beginning.

    Thompson turned the ball over near midcourt. McCamey then hit two free throws to make it 68-67 with 10.4 seconds left.

    John Shurna immediately answered with two of his own to bump Northwestern's lead back to three. McCamey then missed a free throw with 7 seconds left, and the Wildcats' Luka Mirkovic got the rebound and was fouled before making 1 of 2 to make it 71-67.

    Illinois' Brandon Paul hit a 3 as time expired.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ILL
    NW
    Points 70 71
    FG Made-Attempted 25-51 (.490) 23-48 (.479)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-14 (.571) 9-21 (.429)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-16 (.750) 16-22 (.727)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 12

    2010-11 Season

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