>> Leonard Helps Illini Escape Cornell
Meyers Leonard had 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead No. 25 Illinois to a 64-60 victory over Cornell on Monday night.
After trailing for the most of the game, Illinois (11-1) was sparked by D.J. Richardson's 11 points in the second half and narrowly avoided its second consecutive loss.
Josh Figini scored all 14 of his points in the first half to lead Cornell (4-5).
Illinois opened the second half 1 for 13 from the field and fell behind 42-36, then put together a 14-6 run to regain the lead. The teams exchanged leads until the final minute, when Richardson hit a pull-up jumper with 17 seconds left to put Illinois up 62-58.
Cornell hit six 3-pointers, including three by Figini, to jump out to a 24-14 lead. Illinois tied the score 32-all by halftime.
NCAA Top-25 Men's Basketball (ESPN/"USA Today" Rankings)
#5 Duke Blue Devils 90, UNC Greensboro Spartans 63
#6 North Carolina Tar Heels 99, Nicholls State Colonels 49
#7 Baylor Bears 95, Paul Quinn 54
LSU Tigers 67, #10 Marquette Golden Eagles 59
Davidson Wildcats 80, #11 Kansas Jayhawks 74
#12 Florida Gators 82, Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 54
#18 Indiana Hoosiers 107, Howard Bison 50
#20 Michigan State Spartans 89, UMKC Kangaroos 54
#21 Creighton Bluejays 83, Tulsa Golden Hurricane 64