Champaign, IL (Sports Network) - Reggie Hearn scored 22 points as Northwestern knocked off No. 23 Illinois, 68-54, at Assembly Hall.
Jared Swopshire and Alex Marcotullio totaled 12 points each for the Wildcats (11-7, 2-3 Big Ten), who had dropped three of their last four coming in.
Brandon Paul had 21 points for the Illini (14-5, 1-4), who have lost three in a row all by double-digit margins. Tracy Abrams contributed 10 points in the setback.