Published: Feb. 6, 2019

No. 9 Michigan State comes up short at Illinois, 79-74

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No. 9 Michigan State came back from a 14-point second half deficit to take a three-point lead, but Illinois used a late run en route to a 74-70 win over the Spartans on Tuesday night at State Farm Center.

Junior guard Cassius Winston scored 21 points and had nine assists to lead the way for MSU, while sophomore forward Xavier Tillman tallied a career-high 16 points and eight rebounds, redshirt junior Kyle Ahrens had 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists and junior forward Nick Ward chipped in 11 points.

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