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BIG TEN Illinois routs Penn St. to remain unbeaten



Published: Thu, February 17, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The win topped the school record of 25 straight wins set in the early 1900s.

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Illinois added to the longest winning streak in the nation and set some school history.

Roger Powell Jr. went 10-for-10 from the field and scored 21 points and Dee Brown added 19 points to lead the top-ranked Illini to their 26th straight win, 83-63 over Penn State on Wednesday night.

Illinois (26-0, 12-0 Big Ten) topped the school record of 25 consecutive wins which was set over three seasons from February 1914 to February 1916. Certainly, this year's streak is more impressive -- it's the fourth best start ever by a Big Ten team.

Penn State (7-17, 1-10) was just another easy victim, falling to 0-10 all-time against top-ranked teams.

No. 11 Mich. St. 81, Minnesota 62

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Shannon Brown had 18 points and Maurice Ager added 16 to lead No. 11 Michigan State past Minnesota, its fourth straight win by double figures.

The Spartans (18-4, 9-2 Big Ten) have won 15 of their last 17 games to tie the third-best record after 22 games in school history.

The Golden Gophers (16-9, 6-6) have lost three straight, hurting their chances of playing in the NCAA tournament.

Minnesota's Vincent Grier scored 19 points after being held to six in the first half.

No. 20 Wisconsin 76, Michigan 50

MADISON, Wis. -- Mike Wilkinson's 22 points and nine rebounds helped No. 20 Wisconsin hand Michigan its school record-tying ninth straight loss.

Wilkinson scored 13 points in the first half as the Badgers raced to a 37-17 lead. They were never threatened over the final 20 minutes, stretching the lead to 30 points.

Zach Morley added 12 points and Alando Tucker and Ray Nixon each scored 10 for Wisconsin (17-6, 8-4 Big Ten), which swept the season series from the Wolverines for the first time since 1979. Nixon's total was a career high.

The only other time the Wolverines (12-14, 3-9) lost nine straight was when they dropped their last eight games in 1966-67 and their opener the following season.

Purdue 66, Iowa 63

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Carl Landry finished with 29 points and seven rebounds and almost single-handedly kept Purdue in the game long enough to get some help from the Boilermakers defense to hold on to beat Iowa.

Landry dominated the first half, making 8 of 9 shots, scoring 19 points and grabbing six rebounds. He finished 11-of-15 from the field, including his fourth 3-pointer of the season.

But after drawing his fourth foul with 6:49 left, the Boilermakers (7-15, 3-8 Big Ten) were forced to rally from a 55-50 deficit without him. They did it by limiting the Hawkeyes to just two baskets the rest of the way for their third straight home win.

Iowa (16-8, 4-7) was led by Greg Brunner with 19 points and 10 rebounds and lost another close game on the road in Big Ten play. The Hawkeye are 0-5 in conference road games.




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