Scores

Final

Illinois 57

(13-3, 2-1 Big Ten)

Northwestern 56

(11-4, 1-2 Big Ten)

    Coverage: BTN

    7:00 PM ET, January 4, 2012

    Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois

    1 2 T
    ILL 31 2657
    NW 36 2056

    Top Performers

    Illinois: J. Bertrand 10 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Northwestern: J. Shurna 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Illinois 57, Northwestern 56

    Associated Press

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- 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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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ILL
    NW
    Points 57 56
    FG Made-Attempted 21-49 (.429) 20-55 (.364)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-10 (.400) 5-18 (.278)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-20 (.550) 11-18 (.611)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 10

    2011-12 Season

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