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Bridges, No. 6 Michigan State hold off Illinois 87-74

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Miles Bridges helped No. 6 Michigan State overcome a game so sloppy, coach Tom Izzo called it ''ridiculous.''

Bridges scored 31 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. had 21 points and 11 rebounds and the Spartans beat Illinois 87-74 on Monday night despite committing 25 turnovers.

It was the most giveaways for Michigan State (18-3, 6-2 Big Ten) since November of 2005 against Arizona, when they had 27 in an overtime win. This was the Spartans' third straight game with 20 or more turnovers, and they've won each game by double digits.

''It was a bit ridiculous what we did out there tonight,'' Izzo said.

Michigan State shot 68.2 percent, which set a record at State Farm Center for an opponent's shooting percentage. Illinois shot 43.1 percent.

Kipper Nichols led Illinois (10-11, 0-8) with a career-high 27 points. Trent Frazier and Leron Black added 13 and 12, respectively.

Michigan State turned the ball over 25 times. It was the third straight game in which the Spartans gave it away more than 20 times and still won by double digits.

Michigan State out-rebounded Illinois 37-15. The Illini didn't record their first rebound until nearly 10 minutes into the game.

''That was a war out there,'' Izzo said. ''We had the most turnovers in a decade and our best field goal percentage in a long time. I know it doesn't add up, but somehow it did for us tonight.''

Illinois coach Brad Underwood, whose team has lost six in a row - all Big Ten games - managed to sound optimistic after his team's effort against an elite team.

''I liked the team I coached out there tonight,'' he said. ''Losing is unacceptable, but we're young and everything is a growing process for us. Baby steps. Continuing to learn. Tonight, I think we ran our best offense of the year, against a team that is ranked first or second in the nation in just about every defensive category.''

Jackson took an elbow to the side of the head late in the first half while fighting for the ball. He was helped off the court and taken to the locker room, but returned to start the second half.

''Jaren is tough,'' Izzo said. ''I think he hit his head, maybe on the floor, and it looked bad for a minute. But when we came off the court at the half, he was waiting for us in the tunnel, ready to go.''

BIG PICTURE

Illinois, playing tight zone defense, was able to stick around in the first half despite Michigan State's height advantage.

TURNING POINT

With the game close at the beginning of the second half, Illinois went cold, going 1 of 9 from the field. Michigan led by five at the half but jumped to a 48-36 lead after less than five minutes. The game was never close after that.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Bridges was a dunking machine, but his one-handed tip-dunk midway through the second half even left his coach impressed.

''Miles had a blocked shot at one end and ended up with a tip-dunk at the other. He was the man out there tonight,'' Izzo said.

UP NEXT

Michigan State travels to Wisconsin for another Big Ten matchup. Wisconsin crushed Illinois by 25 points in Madison, Wisconsin, on Friday. The Spartans then host Maryland on Sunday.

Illinois remains at home against Indiana on Wednesday and Rutgers on Jan. 30.

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Key Players
C. Winston
5 G
M. Finke
43 F
25.9 Min. Per Game 25.9
10.3 Pts. Per Game 10.3
1.1 Ast. Per Game 1.1
5.4 Reb. Per Game 5.4
53.7 Field Goal % 49.1
52.9 Three Point % 30.1
92.3 Free Throw % 61.1
  Defensive rebound by Jaren Jackson Jr. 4.0
  Kipper Nichols missed 3-pt. jump shot 6.0
+ 1 Jaren Jackson Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 9.0
+ 1 Jaren Jackson Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 9.0
  Personal foul on Trent Frazier 9.0
  Defensive rebound by Jaren Jackson Jr. 9.0
  Kipper Nichols missed 3-pt. jump shot 11.0
+ 1 Miles Bridges made 2nd of 2 free throws 17.0
+ 1 Miles Bridges made 1st of 2 free throws 17.0
  Personal foul on Mark Smith 17.0
+ 2 Mark Smith made layup 17.0
Team Stats
Points 87 74
Field Goals 30-44 (68.2%) 28-65 (43.1%)
3-Pointers 4-9 (44.4%) 8-28 (28.6%)
Free Throws 23-28 (82.1%) 10-14 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 37 15
Offensive 9 7
Defensive 28 5
Team 0 3
Assists 15 12
Steals 5 8
Blocks 9 2
Turnovers 25 10
Fouls 18 26
Technicals 0 0
31 PTS, 8 REB
27 PTS, 2 REB
12T
away team logo 9 Michigan State 18-3 394887
home team logo Illinois 10-11 324274
Team Stats
away team logo 9 Michigan State 18-3 93.5 PPG 50.8 RPG 22.5 APG
home team logo Illinois 10-11 85.7 PPG 36.3 RPG 16.3 APG
Key Players
00
M. Bridges G/F PPG RPG APG FG%
2
K. Nichols F 9.3 PPG 2.3 RPG 1.7 APG 52.2 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Bridges G/F 31 PTS 8 REB 0 AST
K. Nichols F 27 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
68.2 FG% 43.1
44.4 3PT FG% 28.6
82.1 FT% 71.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Bridges 38 31 8 0 1 2 3 0 11/13 2/4 7/7 1 7
J. Jackson Jr. 30 21 11 0 1 6 2 1 5/6 0/0 11/12 2 9
J. Langford 25 9 4 0 0 0 2 3 4/8 1/2 0/0 0 4
N. Ward 13 7 2 0 1 0 1 2 3/4 0/0 1/3 2 0
C. Winston 20 5 1 8 0 0 8 5 2/4 1/1 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Bridges 38 31 8 0 1 2 3 0 11/13 2/4 7/7 1 7
J. Jackson Jr. 30 21 11 0 1 6 2 1 5/6 0/0 11/12 2 9
J. Langford 25 9 4 0 0 0 2 3 4/8 1/2 0/0 0 4
N. Ward 13 7 2 0 1 0 1 2 3/4 0/0 1/3 2 0
C. Winston 20 5 1 8 0 0 8 5 2/4 1/1 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Goins 17 4 3 2 0 1 1 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 2
L. Nairn Jr. 22 4 1 5 0 0 4 1 2/3 0/0 0/1 0 1
M. McQuaid 16 3 1 0 1 0 3 2 0/2 0/2 3/3 1 0
G. Schilling 9 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 2
X. Tillman 10 1 2 0 1 0 1 2 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 2
B. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Ahrens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. George - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hoiberg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 87 37 15 5 9 25 18 30/44 4/9 23/28 9 28
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Frazier 28 13 0 3 1 0 2 5 5/13 0/6 3/4 0 0
L. Black 20 12 0 0 0 0 0 5 6/10 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Finke 27 9 3 1 0 0 0 4 4/10 1/6 0/0 2 1
M. Smith 20 6 1 2 2 0 1 3 2/4 1/2 1/2 1 0
M. Alstork 23 3 1 0 1 2 4 3 1/6 1/3 0/0 1 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Frazier 28 13 0 3 1 0 2 5 5/13 0/6 3/4 0 0
L. Black 20 12 0 0 0 0 0 5 6/10 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Finke 27 9 3 1 0 0 0 4 4/10 1/6 0/0 2 1
M. Smith 20 6 1 2 2 0 1 3 2/4 1/2 1/2 1 0
M. Alstork 23 3 1 0 1 2 4 3 1/6 1/3 0/0 1 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Nichols 22 27 2 0 1 0 1 1 9/14 5/8 4/5 2 0
D. Williams 19 4 1 4 2 0 0 0 1/5 0/2 2/3 0 1
A. Jordan 11 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 0
T. Lucas 19 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
G. Eboigbodin 11 0 3 1 0 0 1 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3
M. Vesel - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Liss - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cayce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Oladimeji - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 74 12 12 8 2 10 26 28/65 8/28 10/14 7 5