EVANSTON (AP) -- Tre Demps and Scottie Lindsey each scored 18 points and hit four 3-pointers, and Northwestern beat Illinois 58-56 in a matchup between struggling teams on Saturday night.
Demps, who scored all but one of his points in the second half, nailed 3s on four straight possessions to turn a four-point deficit into a five-point lead late in the second half. And Northwestern (17-9, 5-8 Big Ten) hung on to win for just the second time in eight games.
The Wildcats were leading by two when the Fighting Illini's Malcolm Hill got tripped up as time expired after catching an inbounds pass. That gave Illinois (11-14, 3-9) its ninth loss in 12 games.
Alex Olah added 10 points and seven rebounds, and the Wildcats came away with the win despite hitting 9 of 26 3-pointers.
Kendrick Nunn led Illinois with 13 points. Jalen Coleman-Lands and Maverick Morgan added 12 apiece while Malcolm Hill -- the Big Ten's second-leading scorer -- finished with seven points and 13 rebounds.