CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - Despite their bench scoring only one point, Illinois handed Minnesota its 10th straight loss of the season.

Illinois (18-9, 9-7 Big Ten) took the Gophers down 78-69 at the State Farm Center Monday. The win snapped a two-game skid for Illinois.

Matthew Mayer was Illinois' leading man. Mayer scored 22 points on 17 of 14 shooting. 

Freshman guard Jayden Epps sank 4 of 6 from beyond the three point line and scored 17 points.

RJ Melendez, who had been struggling, had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Illini will host No. 21 Northwestern on Thursday.

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