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Minnesota topples Illinois 84-67

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  • Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand (2) drives under pressure from Minnesota guard Joe Coleman (11) during their NCAA college basketball game Wednesday in Champaign, Ill.

      Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand (2) drives under pressure from Minnesota guard Joe Coleman (11) during their NCAA college basketball game Wednesday in Champaign, Ill.
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Joe Coleman scored 29 points and Andre Hollins added 19 to help No. 8 Minnesota top Illinois Wednesday 84-67 and remain undefeated in the Big Ten.

The Gophers (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) held off a charge by the 12th-ranked Illini midway through the second half.

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Joseph Bertrand pulled Illinois within at 44-42 on a short jumper with 12:37 left.

But the physical matchup took its toll on the Illini (14-3, 1-2). And as Illinois piled up fouls, Trevor Mbakwe connected on layup with 6:15 to play for a 62-49 lead that Illinois couldn't overcome.

Mbakwe added 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Brandon Paul led Illinois with 21 points.

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