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Illinois Vs. Minnesota: The Fighting Illini Can't Hold On, Lose 72-77 In Overtime

The Illinois Fighting Illini (15-7, 4-5) were unable to repeat their previous victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers (18-6, 5-5), this time falling 72-77 in overtime.

The Illlini started the game strong, taking a five-point lead within the first few minutes, but the Gophers took jumped ahead by halftime, putting Illinois in a 26-30 deficit. Halfway through the second half, the Illini had regained the edge with a 51-47 lead with 6:20 remaining, but an ill-timed foul allowed Austin Hollins to tie the game on a layup and free throw.

In overtime, the Gophers pulled away quickly on shots from Hollins, Joe Coleman and Chip Armelin. For the Illini, junior G Brandon Paul led the way, scoring 28 points and snagging 9 rebounds, but Paul only connected on 9 of his 23 shots for a .391 shooting percentage. C Meyer Leonard put a strong effort, adding a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

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