MSU keeps NCAA hopes alive in upset over 5th ranked Illinois

Gabe Brown, Marcus Bingham Jr.
Posted at 5:07 AM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 05:07:41-05

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Aaron Henry scored 20 points and Joshua Langford had 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead Michigan State to an 81-72 win over No. 5 Illinois.

The Spartans earned a desperately needed quality win to bolster their chances of playing in 23 straight NCAA Tournaments.

The Fighting Illini had won a Big Ten-best seven straight games, putting them in contention for a No. 1 seed in college basketball's showcase that starts next month.

Trent Frazier scored 22 points for Illinois, whose star players weren't as productive as usual against a suddenly stingy defense.