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Illini Lose At Michigan State

Michigan State outscored Illinois, 80-to-75 last night in Big Ten basketball.  Keith Appling scored 24 points and added 8 rebounds and seven assists for the State Spartans.  The Fighting Illini led by 10 at halftime (37-27) but gave up 53 second half points. 

Tracy Abrams led Illinois with 16 points, D.J. Richardson added 14, and Brandon Paul chipped in with 13 in a losing cause. 

Illinois drops to 15-and-7 (2-and-6 in the conference).

Michigan State improves to 18-and-4 (7-and-2 in the Big 10).

Illinois head basketball coach John Groce:

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Illinois hosts Wisconsin Sunday afternoon in Champaign.  Tip off time: 2:30 pm at Assembly Hall. 

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