EVANSTON, Illinois (Ticker) -- Jitim Young made sure Northwestern beat Illinois at least once before he graduated.
Young scored six straight points to cap a decisive second-half run as Northwestern ended an eight-game losing streak against the 25th-ranked Fighting Illini with a 70-60 Big Ten Conference upset.
The Wildcats (7-7, 2-1 Big Ten) had not beaten Illinois since 1999 and had not won a home game in the series since 1994. But Northwestern used a big second half to build on its first league road win - Saturday's victory at Iowa - in two years.
"This is a great win for our kids," Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said. "I thought they played their heart out in the second half."
A Chicago native, Young had back-to-back layups and a jumper at the end of an 8-0 burst that put the Wildcats ahead for good, 58-52, with just under 5 1/2 minutes to play. He finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
"We want some recognition for Northwestern," Young said. "Illinois is a great team and they can have a great season, but we want some recognition as well."
Davor Duvancic scored 17 of his career-high 22 points in the second half for Northwestern, which extended its home winning streak to five games. Fans chanted "Overrated" as the clock wound down, then poured onto the court.
"Right now, we are," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said, referring to the chants. "There is no other way to look at it. Not to take anything away from the two teams we lost to in Big Ten play, but we're just not playing complete games right now."
Dee Brown had 19 points and Deron Williams added 15 for Illinois (10-4, 1-2), which squandered a nine-point halftime lead by shooting 21 percent (7-of-33) in the second half. The Illini also missed 9-of-15 free throws.
"If we continue to play this way, we'll continue to lose," Weber said.
Illinois stormed to an early 12-point lead, but Northwestern recovered and went ahead, 27-25, on a 3-pointer and layup by Vedran Vukusic.
"The first five minutes are key; you either break their spirits or they keep their heads up," Weber said. "Northwestern was able to keep its head up."
Vukusic injured his left knee late in the first half and did not return. He scored eight points, seven below his season average. Duvancic helped pick up the slack, making 7-of-10 shots, including 4-of-6 3-pointers, in 33 minutes off the bench.
Northwestern also got 13 points and five assists from T.J. Parker and 10 points and eight rebounds from Mohamed Hachad, dubbed by Carmody as the "French connection."