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02/17/2013 9:46 PM EST
Illinois routs Northwestern 62-41
ILLINOIS 62, NORTHWESTERN 41

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- D.J. Richardson scored 18 points to lead
Illinois to a 62-41 victory over Northwestern on Sunday night.



Tracy Abrams added 13 points off the bench for the Illini (19-8,
6-7 Big Ten), who have won four straight.



Reggie Hearn led Northwestern with 11 points. The Wildcats
(13-13, 4-9) have lost three straight and five of their last
six.



Illinois scored the first 16 points of the second half after
ending the first half on a 10-0 run. Richardson's layup extended
Illinois' lead to 45-15 with 13:53 remaining. James Montgomery
scored Northwestern's first points of the half on a layup with
13:26 left.



Northwestern shot 25 percent from the field and Illinois shot
43.6 percent.



Illinois avenged a 68-54 home loss to Northwestern on Jan. 17.



During their winning streak, the Illini have also beaten
top-ranked Indiana, then-No. 18 Minnesota and Purdue.

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