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Illini Beat Northwestern in Assembly Hall Thriller
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Mike Tisdale had a career-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Illinois spoiled No. 25 Northwestern's return to the rankings after 40 years with an 89-83 overtime victory Wednesday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Fellow big man Mike Davis had 20 points and 17 rebounds, his conference-leading seventh double-double, for the Illini (9-4), who beat Northwestern for the 11th straight time.

John Shurna had 27 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Wildcats (10-2), who moved into the rankings on Monday for the first time since January 1969 when the poll was still a Top 20.

The 7-foot-1 Tisdale and Davis combined for 10 of Illinois' 15 points in the overtime.

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