EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Bryn Forbes scored 17 points to help No. 5 Michigan State rout Illinois 79-54 on Thursday night.
The Spartans (15-1, 2-1 Big Ten) were without Denzel Valentine for a fourth straight game. Valentine participated in pregame warmups and might play at Penn State on Sunday, nearly three weeks after having surgery on his left knee.
The Illini (8-8, 0-3) didn't have leading-scorer Kendrick Nunn, who the team said stayed in Illinois for the birth of his child.
Maverick Morgan had 15 points and Malcolm Hill scored 10 for Illinois. The Illini made barely more than one-fourth of their shots in the first half and allowed the Spartans to connect on 61 percent of their shots before halftime.
Eron Harris scored 13 and Matt McQuaid had a career-high 10 points for the Spartans.