Northwestern Surprises Slumping Illini 68-54

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For the second straight season, the Illinois basketball team’s conference season is going South. On Thursday night, Northwestern came into Assembly Hall and dominated the Illini 68-54. It’s the third straight conference loss for Illinois, dropping their league record to 1-4.

Northwestern was led in scoring by Reggie Hearn and his 20 points. St. Louis native Jared Swopshire added 12 points in the Wildcats win. Brandon Paul was Illinois’ leading scorer with 21 points.