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Recap - Northwestern Defeats Illinois 68-54

Northwestern got 20 points from Reggie Hearn en route to a 68-54 victory over Illinois on Thursday at University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

Bettors who backed Northwestern were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as an underdog of 10 at sportsbooks.

Northwestern got 12 points from Jared Swopshire and another 12 points from Alex Marcotullio. Dave Sobolewski contributed 6 assists, while Jared Swopshire cleaned the glass with 6 rebounds.

Illinois got 21 points from Brandon Paul in a losing cause and another 10 points from Tracy Abrams. Tracy Abrams contributed 4 assists for them, while Tyler Griffey had 6 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Northwestern were victorious, as the score was 36-21 at the break.

The rebound battle favored Illinois as they grabbed 30 boards, while Northwestern only had 24.