Illinois 71 Michigan State 68
Illinois found some shooting late in the second half to hold off the Spartans
Illinois led by as much as 10 point is the first half and Michigan State led by 6 in the second half. Illinois then hit some timely 3’s to retake the lead
Coleman Hawkins found his shot at a key moment and sparked the 2nd half comeback
Illinois scored 7 straight after being down 48-42. The game seesawed back and forth from that point on.
Illinois outscored Michigan State by 13 at the free throw line.
Illinois was plus 7 in points off of turnovers
Second half three point shooting: Illinois 44.4% MSU 18.2%
Key Individual Performances
Illinois’ Marcus Domask scored 13 points in the 2nd half including 6-6 from the FT line
Illinois’ Coleman Hawkins scored 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks and 2 steals
Tyson Walker led Michigan State with 17 points
What it means
Illinois is now 3-1 with the since the roster adjustment of losing their leading scorer
Michigan St falls to 9-7 and likely out of the bracket for the moment
Illinois is proving its still a tournament team without Terrance Shannon .
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo “Our effort was 10 times better than Northwestern and thats critical because someone is listening”.
Illinois Coach Brad Underwood “Not the prettiest game we have ever playedVery happy and pleased with our guys”
Underwood “we did what we had to do late and thats get stops and rebounds”