Brandon Paul had 18 points to lead Illinois, which lost for just the second time in eight games. The Illini shot just 28.6 percent from the field.
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Meyers Leonard had 22 points and 14 rebounds off the bench as Illinois defeated Iowa 65-54 on Sunday night to end a six-game losing streak.
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The Hawkeyes would not go away, yet the Illini were able to prevail 81-68 to keep their NCAA Tourney chances alive.
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