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No. 1 Illinois 75, Iowa 65



Published: Sat, February 19, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



No. 1 Illinois 75, Iowa 65

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Deron Williams and Dee Brown each scored 18 points and Illinois turned back repeated threats from Iowa to remain unbeaten. Illinois (27-0, 13-0 Big Ten) survived foul problems, a determined opponent and a subpar game by leading scorer Luther Head to keep several streaks intact. The Illini are off to their best start ever, have won 23 consecutive conference games, and now have 14 consecutive road victories. A gritty effort wasn't quite enough for Iowa (16-9, 4-8), which fell to 1-4 since leading scorer Pierre Pierce was kicked off the team. The Hawkeyes trailed by just two points with 4 1/2 minutes to play before a 14-5 run finished them off.

No. 11 Michigan St. 68, Purdue 57

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Michigan State crashed Gene Keady's party Saturday. Alan Anderson and Maurice Ager each scored 12 points to lead the Spartans past Purdue on the day the retiring coach was honored. Michigan State (19-4, 10-2) won its fifth consecutive game by limiting Purdue to 36.8 percent shooting and outscoring Purdue 10-0 on the fast break. David Teague led the Boilermakers (7-16, 3-9) with 15 points and seven rebounds and the Big Ten's top scorer, Carl Landry, finished with a season-low seven points.

Northwestern 54, Penn State 39

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Mohamed Hachad scored 13 points and Vedran Vukusic added 12 points to lead Northwestern. Leading 25-18, Northwestern opened the second half by outscoring Penn State 21-4. Vukusic started it with a 3, later he had a steal and hit a jumper making it 36-20 Northwestern. He scored eight points in the span. Michael Jenkins capped it off with a 3, giving Northwestern a 46-22 lead with 12:06 left in the game. Vince Scott shot 3-of-5 from 3-point range and scored 13 points for Northwestern (12-12, 5-7 Big 10). Geary Claxton scored 12 points for Penn State and Travis Parker added 10 for the Nittany Lions (7-18, 1-11) , who have lost seven consecutive games and 16 of their last 18. Penn State, who had their lone Big 10 win against Northwestern on Jan. 22, committed 22 turnovers in the game and shot 31 percent.

Associated Press




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