Illini Fall To Northwestern

<p>Davor Duvancic scored a career-high 22 points to help Northwestern upset No. 25 Illinois 70-60 and snap an eight-game losing streak to its in-state rival.

Fans poured onto the court and mobbed Northwestern players as the final seconds expired on the clock. It was just the second Northwestern win over Illinois in the last 17 meetings between the schools, and the first victory for the Wildcats since 1994. Jitim Young had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Northwestern (7-7, 2-1 Big Ten), and T.J. Parker added 13 points and five assists.

Duvancic, a reserve forward, scored 17 points in the second half. He was 7-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-6 on 3-pointers, and had three assists. Illinois (10-4, 1-2) lost its second straight and fell to 1-2 on the road. Illinois led 38-29 at halftime, but struggled to find good looks at the basket. Northwestern went on a 15-5 run early in the half to take a 44-43 lead when Mohamed Hachad banked in a 3-pointer from the right side. Duvancic scored seven in a row during the run.

The game was tied at 52 when Young and Duvancic put Northwestern back on top - this time for good.

Young put back a miss by Parker, scored on a breakaway and made a twisting layup in traffic to give Northwestern a six-point lead. Duvancic then hit a 3 from the corner that bounced high off the front of the rim and dropped straight in for a 61-53 lead.

Northwestern outscored Illinois 18-8 down the stretch and held the Illini to 38 percent shooting for the game - the second straight Illinois was under 40 percent. Dee Brown had 19 points and James Augustine had 10 points and 14 rebounds for Illinois, which missed seven of 10 free throws over the final 6 minutes of the game. Northwestern trailed by 12 points early but went up 27-25 on a 3-pointer and layup by Vedran Vukusic. Later in the half, the Wildcats lost Vukusic when he came down awkwardly on his left leg going for a rebound. Vukusic, averaging 15 points a game, had to be helped off the court to the locker room and didn't return.

Brown made consecutive 3s, Augustine hit a short jump hook and Brown made another 3 during an 11-0 run to give the Illini a 36-27 lead.

Brown, the Big Ten preseason player of the year, scored 14 points in the first half but was just 7-of-18 from the field.

James Augustine goes up for two

Story by the Illinois Sports Information Department Jason Strait

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