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Illinois' defense spurs 79-74 win over No. 9 Michigan State

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois coach Brad Underwood had tears in his eyes after his Illini upset Tom Izzo's ninth-ranked Michigan State Spartans.

''Michigan State is a great team, and Tom is a great coach,'' Underwood said. ''They're everything I want to be.''

Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points, and the Illini used its swarming defense to shock the Spartans. Illinois forced 24 turnovers by Michigan State, including 17 in the first half.

Fans stormed the court after the Illini dribbled out the final 9 seconds of the game.

''I mean, it's just one of 20 (Big Ten games), I know,'' Underwood said. ''But man, it's also more than that, you know? It feels like one of those defining moments, I think, where we found out who we are.''

Giorgi Bezhanishvili scored 16 for Illinois (8-15, 4-8 Big Ten), and Trent Frazier added 15 as the Illini handed the Spartans (18-5, 9-3) their third straight loss.

''I think that first half was as good a defensive effort as I have ever coached,'' Underwood said. ''It led to some really good offense for us.''

Cassius Winston led the Spartans with 21 points. Xavier Tillman added 16.

Izzo was steamed enough after the loss that he credited his team with four more turnovers than it actually committed.

''Illinois played hard. I'll give them credit for half of the turnovers,'' Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. ''But we had, what, 28 turnovers? Something like that. I mean, that's completely ridiculous and that's all on us.''

Illinois went 22 of 43 from the field (51.2 percent), while Michigan State hit 26 of 58 (44.8 percent).

DEFENSE HOLDS

Illinois led for all but a three-minute stretch late in the game, pushing ahead by as many as 14 points before Michigan State rallied to take a 64-63 lead on Kenny Goins' 3-pointer with 6:21 remaining.

But Illinois, behind its defense, held on and took a 71-68 lead on Dosunmu's 3-pointer with 2:35 left. Dosunmu made another 3 with 1:57 remaining, and the Illini held on from there as the Spartans missed their last four field-goal attempts.

''We knew they are one of the top teams in the country,'' Dosunmu said. ''So we knew they would make a run at us. I just focused and took my shots, and then just kept on going.''

HE SAID IT

''I'm still in shock,'' Bezhanishvili said. ''It was just unbelievable the way the crowd swarmed the court. I have never been a part of anything like that in my life.''

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Spartans were fortunate to stay in the Top 10 after dropping two straight. With Monday's loss, they are likely to fall precipitously.

BIG PICTURE

Michigan State: The Spartans dropped a half-game behind Michigan and Purdue in the Big Ten. The conference schedule has exposed Michigan State's shortcomings without Joshua Langford, who is out for the season with a foot injury. The junior guard had been the main driver of the Spartans' offense.

Illinois: The Illini are on an upswing, having won three of four as their defense has frustrated opponents.

UP NEXT

Michigan State hosts Minnesota on Saturday.

Illinois hosts Rutgers on Saturday.

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Key Players
C. Winston
5 G
A. Dosunmu
11 G
30.8 Min. Per Game 30.8
13.8 Pts. Per Game 13.8
3.1 Ast. Per Game 3.1
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
48.0 Field Goal % 44.9
44.4 Three Point % 36.5
80.5 Free Throw % 71.2
  Defensive rebound by Trent Frazier 7.0
  Kenny Goins missed 3-pt. jump shot 9.0
+ 1 Trent Frazier made 2nd of 2 free throws 25.0
+ 1 Trent Frazier made 1st of 2 free throws 25.0
  Personal foul on Gabe Brown 25.0
+ 1 Xavier Tillman made 2nd of 2 free throws 24.0
+ 1 Xavier Tillman made 1st of 2 free throws 24.0
  Personal foul on Kipper Nichols 24.0
  Offensive rebound by Xavier Tillman 24.0
  Cassius Winston missed 3-pt. jump shot 26.0
  30-second timeout called 40.0
Team Stats
Points 74 79
Field Goals 22-43 (51.2%) 26-58 (44.8%)
3-Pointers 7-19 (36.8%) 9-24 (37.5%)
Free Throws 23-25 (92.0%) 18-22 (81.8%)
Total Rebounds 30 25
Offensive 7 9
Defensive 21 13
Team 2 3
Assists 15 12
Steals 6 12
Blocks 1 3
Turnovers 24 13
Fouls 18 21
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 2 REB, 9 AST
24 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo 9 Michigan State 18-5 324274
home team logo Illinois 8-15 413879
Team Stats
away team logo 9 Michigan State 18-5 77.6 PPG 43.3 RPG 18.3 APG
home team logo Illinois 8-15 72.7 PPG 36.1 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
5
C. Winston G 18.8 PPG 3.0 RPG 7.5 APG 46.0 FG%
11
A. Dosunmu G 13.8 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.3 APG 43.5 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Winston G 21 PTS 2 REB 9 AST
A. Dosunmu G 24 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
51.2 FG% 44.8
36.8 3PT FG% 37.5
92.0 FT% 81.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Winston 21 2 9 6/13 1/5 8/9 4 37 1 0 9 1 1
X. Tillman 16 8 1 5/6 0/0 6/7 3 23 0 1 2 4 4
K. Ahrens 11 7 3 2/7 1/5 6/6 0 34 0 0 2 1 6
K. Goins 9 6 0 3/5 3/5 0/0 3 37 1 0 4 0 6
M. McQuaid 6 3 1 2/4 2/3 0/0 4 31 3 0 0 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Winston 21 2 9 6/13 1/5 8/9 4 37 1 0 9 1 1
X. Tillman 16 8 1 5/6 0/0 6/7 3 23 0 1 2 4 4
K. Ahrens 11 7 3 2/7 1/5 6/6 0 34 0 0 2 1 6
K. Goins 9 6 0 3/5 3/5 0/0 3 37 1 0 4 0 6
M. McQuaid 6 3 1 2/4 2/3 0/0 4 31 3 0 0 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Ward 11 1 0 4/6 0/0 3/3 3 20 0 0 3 0 1
G. Brown 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
F. Loyer 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Henry 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 14 1 0 4 0 1
C. George - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Burke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Langford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hoiberg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Kithier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bingham Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 74 28 15 22/43 7/19 23/25 18 200 6 1 24 7 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Dosunmu 24 2 2 8/14 4/8 4/4 1 33 3 0 5 1 1
G. Bezhanishvili 16 5 1 6/11 0/0 4/6 4 32 0 0 2 0 5
T. Frazier 15 2 3 3/10 3/7 6/8 4 30 3 0 2 1 1
A. Jordan 5 4 1 1/4 1/4 2/2 2 23 1 1 2 1 3
D. Williams 0 4 2 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 19 1 0 1 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Dosunmu 24 2 2 8/14 4/8 4/4 1 33 3 0 5 1 1
G. Bezhanishvili 16 5 1 6/11 0/0 4/6 4 32 0 0 2 0 5
T. Frazier 15 2 3 3/10 3/7 6/8 4 30 3 0 2 1 1
A. Jordan 5 4 1 1/4 1/4 2/2 2 23 1 1 2 1 3
D. Williams 0 4 2 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 19 1 0 1 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Feliz 10 3 0 4/7 1/2 1/1 2 25 2 0 0 2 1
K. Nichols 4 1 2 2/6 0/1 0/0 3 19 1 2 0 1 0
T. Jones 3 0 0 1/2 0/1 1/1 1 11 1 0 0 0 0
A. De La Rosa 2 1 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 7 0 0 1 1 0
S. Kane 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Cayce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Underwood - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Oladimeji - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Griffith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Higgs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 79 22 12 26/58 9/24 18/22 21 200 12 3 13 9 13