Illinois survives on Senior Night against Michigan State, 73-70
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.
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.
Michigan State ends the season with a road tilt at Maryland on Saturday.
Illinois travels to Rutgers on Saturday for its season finale.