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Purdue gives top-ranked Illini a scare



Published: Sat, January 8, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Dee Brown scored 14 points in the second half to lead Illinois.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Dee Brown made sure that all Purdue gave No. 1 Illinois was a scare.

Brown scored all 14 of his points in the second half to lead the Illini to a 68-59 victory over Purdue on Saturday.

Trailing at halftime for the first time this season, the Illini opened the second half with a 23-6 run to take control.

Brown hit three 3-pointers during the surge, the last giving Illinois a 56-45 lead with just over nine minutes to play. He also turned up the heat defensively, creating turnovers and opportunities in transition for the quicker, more talented Illini.

Luther Head scored 15 points for Illinois (16-0, 2-0 Big Ten).

Matt Kiefer had 17 points and six rebounds to lead Purdue (4-8, 0-2).

No. 20 Michigan St. 87,Northwestern 58

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Maurice Ager scored 18 points and Paul Davis had 17 to lead Michigan State to its seventh straight win.

The Spartans (10-2, 2-0 Big Ten) have won their first two conference games for the first time since 2000, when they won the national championship. They beat Penn State on Wednesday.

Michael Thompson, a Duke transfer, led the Wildcats (8-6, 1-1) with 16 points.

W. Michigan 84, Akron 75

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Ben Reed scored 36 points, half of them on 3-pointers, to lead Western Michigan.

It was the 23rd consecutive home win for the defending Mid-American Conference champion Broncos (10-3, 3-0) and marks the second-longest streak in the nation behind Wisconsin's 35.

Darryl Peterson led Akron (7-5, 1-3) with 18 points, hitting 8-of-8 free throws. Rick McFadden scored 15, Cedrick Middleton had 13 and Romeo Travis had 11 before fouling out.

Wright St. 63, Detroit 57

DAYTON -- Zakee Boyd scored 19 points to lead Wright State over Detroit.

DaShaun Wood added 12 for the Raiders (8-7, 3-1 Horizon League).

Brandon Cotton had 13 for Detroit (5-8, 2-1).

Wisconsin-Green Bay 57, Butler 50

INDIANAPOLIS -- Benito Flores scored 15 points and had nine rebounds to lead Wisconsin-Green Bay over Butler as the Bulldogs turned in their worst shooting performance in a half decade.

Butler's Brandon Polk scored 17 points, and the Bulldogs led Wis.-Green Bay 23-21 at the half.

The Bulldogs (5-7, 0-2 Horizon League) shot 30.2 percent (16-of-53) from the field. In the final six minutes of the game, Wis.-Green Bay (10-3, 3-0) outscored Butler 13-0.

Ill.-Chicago 57, Penn 47

CHICAGO -- Cedrick Banks had 18 points Saturday and Elliott Poole added 14 as Illinois-Chicago beat Penn.

Banks, who shot 50 percent from the field, also had four assists and four rebounds for the Flames (7-7).

Penn outrebounded Illinois-Chicago 42-29 and was leading by two points at the half, but the Flames pulled away in the final nine minutes of play. Illinois-Chicago outscored their opponents 35-23 in the second half.

Tim Begley had 11 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Quakers (4-6).

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