Illinois Holds Off Michigan State 59-54

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  EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Malcolm Hill scored 19 points and Illinois withstood a last-minute technical foul to beat Michigan State 59-54 on Saturday afternoon.

   Kendrick Nunn added 14 points and Nnanna Egwu had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Fighting Illini (16-8, 6-5 Big Ten), winners of three straight games.

   Denzel Valentine scored 16 points for the Spartans (15-8, 6-4) but fouled out after missing a 6-foot shot that would have given his team a 56-55 lead.

   After the Fighting Illini were called for a technical, Michigan State got just two points from four free throws and Valentine missed his shot on the same possession. Hill converted four at the line in the final 15 seconds for Illinois.

   The Spartans finished 7 of 18 on free-throw shooting.



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