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Illinois buries Northwestern, 88-63

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Illinois' D.J. Richardson (1) goes up for a shot against Northwestern's John Shurna during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Heather Coit) By Heather Coit Illinois' D.J. Richardson (1) goes up for a shot against Northwestern's John Shurna during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Heather Coit) By Heather Coit
The ball gets away from Northwestern's Jershon Cobb (23) and Illinois' Brandon Paul (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Champaign, Ill. Illinois won 88-63. (AP Photo/Heather Coit) By Heather Coit The ball gets away from Northwestern's Jershon Cobb (23) and Illinois' Brandon Paul (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Champaign, Ill. Illinois won 88-63. (AP Photo/Heather Coit) By Heather Coit
Illinois' Jereme Richmond (22) goes up for a basket against Northwestern's Davide Curletti (30) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Heather Coit) By Heather Coit Illinois' Jereme Richmond (22) goes up for a basket against Northwestern's Davide Curletti (30) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Heather Coit) By Heather Coit

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Demetri McCamey scored 14 points and Illinois routed Northwestern 88-63 on Thursday night to improve to 3-0 in Big Ten play.  

Mike Tisdale added 13 points, Mike Davis had 12, Meyers Leonard and Jereme Richmond had 11 each and D.J. Richardson finished with 10. The Illini (13-3) led by 25 at the half, 49-24, and pushed their edge past 30 in the final 20 minutes.  

Illinois opened with a flurry of 3-point shots for a 9-2 lead. The Illini then pounded home three straight demoralizing dunks, the last by Tisdale for a 42-19 lead late in the half.  

JerShon Cobb led Northwestern (9-4, 0-3) with 18 points, Michael Thompson had 15. John Shurna entered the game averaging 21 points, but had just seven Thursday.  

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