Game recap: Illinois 81, Gophers 72 (2OT)

  • Updated: December 27, 2011 - 11:14 PM

The key players and stats from Minnesota's Big Ten opener:

 

MVP

Brandon Paul, Illinois

The junior guard scored a team-high 21 points -- including 10 in the overtimes -- and added six assists and seven rebounds.

TURNING POINT

After being unable to convert opportunities after regulation and the first overtime, the Illini started out 2OT on a 5-0 run, that switched the momentum back in their favor.

BY THE NUMBERS

1 Double-overtime games in Tubby's U tenure.

10-2 The Illini's final run in overtime, for the win.

18-6 Second-half run by the Gophers to tie the score at 54.

AMELIA RAYNO

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