#23/22 ILLINOIS def. #17/18 MICHIGAN STATE, 71-62
Brandon Paul scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half to lead No. 23 Illinois past 17th-ranked Michigan State 71-62 on Tuesday night.
The Illini (14-5, 4-3 Big Ten) led 53-43 on a 3-pointer by Paul with 13:08 to play. But they had to hold off a late Spartans charge and ultimately won with seven free throws from four players that built a two-point lead back up to 65-57 with 5:25 left. RECAP & BOX SCORE
NORTHWESTERN def. MICHIGAN, 74-60
John Shurna finished with 24 points, 22 of which came in the opening half, and added eight rebounds as Northwestern pounced out to an early lead and never looked back, taking care of Michigan 74-60 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Wildcats, who led 44-31 at halftime, increased their lead to as many as 22 in the second half before cruising to their third-straight victory over the Wolverines. Luka Mirkovic finished with 13 points and eight boards for Northwestern with Michael Thompson adding 10 points and seven assists. RECAP & BOX SCORE