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Illinois snaps road skid, tops Minnesota 71-62

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Minnesota's Austin Hollins, right, defends as Illinois' Demetri McCamey looks to pass during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) By Jim Mone Minnesota's Austin Hollins, right, defends as Illinois' Demetri McCamey looks to pass during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) By Jim Mone
Minnesota's Blake Hoffarber looks for assistance as Illinois' Brandon Paul defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) By Jim Mone Minnesota's Blake Hoffarber looks for assistance as Illinois' Brandon Paul defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) By Jim Mone
Illinois' Mike Davis, right, shoots over Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) By Jim Mone Illinois' Mike Davis, right, shoots over Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) By Jim Mone
Minnesota's Austin Hollins, right, and Illinois' Bill Cole battle for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) By Jim Mone Minnesota's Austin Hollins, right, and Illinois' Bill Cole battle for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) By Jim Mone

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mike Davis had 17 points and nine rebounds and Demetri McCamey scored 17 points in a surprise role off the bench to lead Illinois to a 71-62 victory over Minnesota on Thursday night.  

D.J. Richardson added 11 points for the Illini (16-8, 6-5 Big Ten), who outscored Minnesota 23-2 off the bench to snap a four-game road losing streak.  

Trevor Mbakwe had 17 points and 16 rebounds and Ralph Sampson III added 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for the Golden Gophers (16-8, 5-7). Minnesota has lost four straight games, including two at home that have seriously hurt their NCAA tournament resume.  

Blake Hoffarber had 15 points, but Minnesota's leading scorer made just 5 of 13 shots and was harassed all night by a determined Illinois defense.  

As the clock ticked down, a vocal contingent of Illini fans chanted, "This is our house!"  

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