Illini grade vs. Northwestern: F
Player of the game: John Shurna
With that shaggy mop and goofy-looking shot, John Shurna puts the fear of Harry Dunne in opponents. Then he pours in 24 points to beat Illinois for the third time in his career.
Joseph Bertrand upped his intensity level in the second half, scoring consecutive buckets to give Illinois its first lead — 39-38 with 15:57 remaining.
The 7-foot Leonard, hunting the perfect highlight, nearly bopped his head on the backboard while trying to pin a layup attempt against the glass.
The 'Cats played the rare six-man rotation. So did the Illini, who had just one reserve play more than one minute. Weber: In "hindsight" he should've gone deeper.
That Northwestern's coaches and players said the series is becoming more of a rivalry should sound an alarm in C-U. Illinois is 2-3 in their past five matchups.