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Michigan State 81, Illinois 72


By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer

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 (12-9, 6-9 Big Ten) earned a desperately needed quality win to bolster their chances of playing in 23 straight NCAA Tournaments.

The Fighting Illini (16-6, 12-4) 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.

Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu, coming off his second triple-double in a 94-63 win over Minnesota, had 17 points on 6-of-18 shooting. The dynamic Dosunmu did have nine rebounds and five assists. Illini center Kofi Cockburn scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting.

Rocket Watts and Joey Hauser each scored 13 points for the Spartans, who were in control for much of the game with balanced offense and aggressive defense.

February 23, 2021



Illinois
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Grandison F 23 1-3 2-2 0-1 3-6 2 0 0 0 2 4
K. Cockburn C 24 5-11 3-11 0-0 3-6 0 0 0 1 3 13
A. Dosunmu G 37 6-18 4-8 1-6 3-9 5 2 2 4 1 17
T. Frazier G 33 7-13 4-5 4-8 2-3 2 0 0 2 4 22
A. Miller G 16 0-3 2-2 0-1 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 2
D. Williams   23 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-7 2 0 1 0 2 0
A. Curbelo   19 5-7 2-4 0-1 2-4 2 0 1 3 3 12
G. Bezhanishvili   18 0-3 0-0 0-0 1-4 0 0 0 1 2 0
C. Hawkins   8 0-2 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 2 2
Totals   201 24-60
(.400)
19-34
(.559)
5-17
(.294)
16-40 14 2 4 11 19 72


Michigan State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Henry F 39 9-19 2-4 0-1 1-6 5 2 2 2 0 20
G. Brown F 32 2-4 0-0 1-2 0-4 1 1 0 0 1 5
J. Marble II F 7 3-6 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 5 6
J. Langford G 36 6-11 2-3 1-1 3-16 1 1 2 1 1 15
R. Watts G 31 5-11 3-5 0-1 0-1 5 0 1 1 2 13
J. Hauser   14 3-3 5-6 2-2 0-2 2 1 1 2 3 13
M. Bingham Jr.   12 3-3 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 3 0 0 4 7
A. Hoggard   9 1-2 0-0 0-1 0-0 2 0 1 0 0 2
M. Sissoko   9 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0
T. Kithier   7 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 1 0 2 5 0
M. Hall   5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   201 32-59
(.542)
13-20
(.650)
4-8
(.500)
8-35 18 9 7 8 24 81

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