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Associated Press Brandon Paul (3) of Illinois loses the ball after getting fouled by Julian Welch, right, of Minnesota during the first half Tuesday in Champaign, Ill.

Illini fight off Gophers to win Big Ten opener

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Brandon Paul scored a breakaway dunk that put Illinois ahead in double overtime and Meyers Leonard hit the layup that sealed an 81-72 victory over Minnesota in a Big ten opener Tuesday night.

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