Scores

Final 2OT

Minnesota 72

(12-2, 0-1 Big Ten)

Illinois 81

(12-2, 1-0 Big Ten)

Coverage: BTN

7:30 PM ET, December 27, 2011

State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois

1 2 OT 2OT T
MINN 27 37 6 272
ILL 37 27 6 1181

Top Performers

Minnesota: R. Sampson III 22 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk

Illinois: M. Leonard 20 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Blk

Illinois 81, Minnesota 72

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Brandon Paul scored a breakaway dunk that put Illinois ahead in double overtime Tuesday night and Meyers Leonard hit the layup that sealed the 81-72 victory over Minnesota.

Paul swiped the ball from Ralph Sampson III for the dunk that gave the Illini (12-2, 1-0 Big Ten) a three-point cushion at 73-70. Leonard's layup with 1:11 left made it 78-72 and finished the Golden Gophers (12-2, 0-1).

Paul finished with 21 points. Leonard had 20 and a game-high 11 rebounds for his third straight double-double.

Sampson led Minnesota with a game-high 22 points plus nine rebounds. Julian Welch added 15 points.

The Illini led by 13 midway through the second half before the Gophers stormed back to tie it with just over 6 minutes to play on a 3-pointer by Welch. A pair of Leonard free throws with 7 seconds left sent the game to overtime.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MINN
ILL
Points 72 81
FG Made-Attempted 26-69 (.377) 28-60 (.467)
3P Made-Attempted 4-14 (.286) 7-21 (.333)
FT Made-Attempted 16-18 (.889) 18-22 (.818)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
Largest Lead 2 13

2011-12 Season

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