Following consecutive road losses to Penn State and Wisconsin, Illinois returns home and defeats Michigan State 71-62.
For the second straight game, sophomore guard Brandon Paul provided a spark off the bench, this time scoring a team-high 20 points, 17 of which came in the first half.
Following the mysterious circumstances surrounding his DNP against Wisconsin, Illinois freshman Jereme Richmond contributed 14 points as a reserve.
In a battle of two of the top point guards in the Big Ten, Demetri McCamey and Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas each scored 15 points, though McCamey had 9 more assists than Lucas (11 dimes to 2).
Reemerging from a disappointing 1-rebound performance against the Badgers, Mike Davis was the only other Illini besides McCamey to register a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 boards.
Up next for the Illini is #1 Ohio State on Saturday.
While I didn’t see a minute of tonight’s game due to its early start and class, I will watch the replay on ESPN3.com and get some observations up on the site sometime tomorrow.
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