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Illinois vs Michigan State Recap - Michigan State Wins 80-75

Michigan State got 24 points from Keith Appling en route to an 80-75 victory over Illinois on Thursday at Breslin Center.

Michigan State won the battle on the scoreboard, but not at the payout window as they failed to cover the 8.5-point spread.

Gary Harris had 14 points for Michigan State and Denzel Valentine chipped in with 14 points. Keith Appling had 7 assists for them, while Branden Dawson was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 9 boards.

Illinois got a 16-point performance from Tracy Abrams, who was supported by 14 points from D.J. Richardson. Tracy Abrams had 6 assists in a losing cause for Illinois, while Tracy Abrams grabbed 5 rebounds.

Michigan State trailed at halftime, 37-27.

The rebound battle favored Michigan State as they grabbed 33 boards, while Illinois only had 24.