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Illinois wining streak hits 18



Published: Sat, January 15, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Indiana edges Purdue in double overtime, 75-73.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Luther Head scored a season-high 26 points and No. 1 Illinois beat Northwestern 78-66 on Saturday to improve to 18-0 -- the best start in school history.

The Illini had tied the school's 1988-89 Final Four team on Wednesday with their 17th straight win. Now, the record's all theirs.

The 6-foot-3 Head used his great leaping ability to score from the inside, hit four 3-pointers and played hustling defense for the Illini, who finally pulled away in the latter stages of the second half against the scrappy Wildcats (8-8, 1-3 Big Ten).

Roger Powell scored 15 points and Dee Brown 12 for the Illini, who are 4-0 in the conference and have won 14 consecutive Big Ten games.

Indiana 75, Purdue 73, 2 OT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- D.J. White scored six of his 16 points in the second overtime for the Hoosiers.

White's size and athleticism was too much for Purdue underneath as he hit a short jumper and two layups in overtime.

The Hoosiers (7-7, 2-1 Big Ten) have won five of their past six games after a six-game losing streak.

The Boilermakers (4-10, 0-4 Big Ten) have lost four in a row and five of their past six.

Michigan 66, Penn St. 62

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Ron Coleman scored 12 points, all on four second-half 3-pointers, for Michigan.

The Wolverines (12-5, 3-0 Big Ten) remained undefeated in conference play, winning their sixth straight game this season and their seventh straight over the Nittany Lions (6-11, 0-4).

No. 24 Iowa 66, Minnesota 60

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pierre Pierce scored 18 points for the Iowa, which won despite going the final 10:45 without a field goal.

On a day the school's 1980 Final Four team was honored, the Hawkeyes (13-3, 1-2 Big Ten) righted themselves after going through long stretches of sloppy play in their first two conference games and ended Minnesota's 10-game winning streak.

The Gophers (12-4, 2-1) shot just 29 percent (9-for-31) in the first half and 33 percent for the game.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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