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Illinois ties school record with 17th consecutive win



Published: Thu, January 13, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Illini took control early on the 3-point shooting of Luther Head and Dee Brown.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Luther Head and Dee Brown each made five 3-pointers to lead No. 1 Illinois to a 90-64 victory over Penn State on Wednesday night.

Head had 19 points and Brown added 15 as Illinois (17-0, 3-0 Big Ten) took control in the game's first 7 minutes and was never threatened. The Illini's 17th consecutive victory tied the school record, which was set by the 1988-89 team that was the last from Illinois to reach the Final Four. Illinois also became the 15th NCAA team to reach 1,500 victories.

Penn State (6-10, 0-3) lost its fourth consecutive game.

The Illini, as they have in nearly every game this season, controlled the game by sharing the basketball and hitting from long range.

The Illini were 15-of-34 from 3-point range, the fourth time this season they hit at least 10 in a game, and they had assists on 26 of 34 baskets.

Deron Williams had 11 points and 12 assists for Illinois.

Brown had six assists and James Augustine added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Illinois shot 57 percent from the field and held Penn State to 43 percent.

Geary Claxton scored 16 for the Nittany Lions; Ben Luber and Aaron Johnson each had 11 and Travis Parker 10.

Minnesota 63, Purdue 52

MINNEAPOLIS -- J'son Stamper had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Vincent Grier added 14 points to give Minnesota its first nine-game winning streak in seven years.

Aaron Robinson added 12 points for Minnesota (12-3, 2-0 Big Ten).

David Teague scored 15 points, and Brandon McKnight and Carl Landry added 12 each for the Boilermakers (4-9, 0-3).

Michigan 71, Northwestern 61

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Daniel Horton scored a season-high 24 points to lead Michigan to its fifth consecutive win.

Courtney Sims and Dion Harris each scored 17 for Michigan (11-5, 2-0 Big Ten).

Vedran Vukusic had 22 points for the Wildcats (8-7, 1-2). T.J. Parker tied his season high with 18 points and Michael Thompson added 12 for Northwestern, which has dropped two straight after winning seven of eight.

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