"It was an upset that Northwestern could come in here and beat us," Meyers Leonard told John Supinie of the Springfield Journal-Register. "It's unfortunate, but life goes on."
Northwestern earned a 74-70 win over its rival on Sunday, thanks in part to a second-half run which saw the Wildcats take control after falling behind.
Leonard, who had 21 points and nine rebounds in the loss, felt like the Illini are a stronger team and should have held off Northwestern's comeback.
"We have to come out and put teams like that away," he said. "Everyone knows we're better than Northwestern."
The Fighting Illini sit at 16-7 overall and 5-5 in Big Ten play, just one game ahead of Northwestern in the standings.
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