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Illinois outlasts Michigan State 73-70

Posted at 11:45 PM, Mar 01, 2017

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Malcolm Hill scored 22 points to lead Illinois to a 73-70 win over Michigan State on Wednesday night.

Michigan State had a chance to win the game in the last 10 second, but Miles Bridges missed a layup when Illinois’ Te’Jon Lucas stripped the ball away.

Kipper Nichols made one of two free throws to give Illinois a 73-70 lead with three seconds left.

Lourawls Nairn Jr. attempted a 3-pointer with the game clock expiring, but the shot caromed off the backboard, securing the Illini win.

The Illini controlled the pace for what was a close game for much of the night — leading for 25:33.

Much of the success came from hot shooting. Illinois (18-12, 8-9 Big Ten) shot 45 percent from the field and 11-26 from 3-point range.

Leron Black added 15 points and seven rebounds.

Bridges led the way for Michigan State (18-12, 10-7 Big Ten) with 21 points.

Illinois made sure to capitalize on Michigan State mistakes, scoring 18 points from 15 Spartan turnovers.