Spartans Hold on for Win Over Illinois
Appling led a pivotal run early in the second half and finished with 24 points
and seven assists to help No. 13 Michigan State beat Illinois 80-75 last night.
The Spartans (18-4, 7-2 Big Ten) scored
the first 14 points of the second half to take their first lead.
The Fighting Illini (15-7, 2-6) lost for
the fifth time in six games. They had a chance to be the first team with four
wins over currently ranked teams.
Illinois started strong and responded to
rallies with shots and stops in the first half. Michigan State played with a
lot of energy in the second half. Appling alternated making shots and setting
up teammates to score in helping turn a 10-point deficit into a 41-37 lead.
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