EAST LANSING, Mich. — AJ Hoggard scored 23 points and Malik Hall had 22 points to lead Michigan State to an 88-80 win over 10th-seeded Illinois on Saturday.
Tyson Walker scored 19 points for the Spartans (15-9, 7-6 Big Ten), who rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final six minutes after a loss to Minnesota on Tuesday.
Hoggard’s three-point play with 4 minutes, 10 seconds left made the score 72 and became the 13th tie of the match. Shortly thereafter, Michigan State scored eight straight points to take control.
After missing free throws late in the loss at Minnesota, the Spartans took advantage at the line with Hoggard making 12 of 13 free throw attempts and Hall making 7 of 9.
The Fighting Illini (17-6, 8-4) failed to hold on to the lead for the second straight game. They led Nebraska by 10 points with 3:29 left on Sunday before needing to go into overtime for the win.
Terrance Shannon Jr. for Illinois. He scored 28 points and Coleman Hawkins scored 14 points. Marcus Domask had 12 points, eight below his conference average.
Hawkins was called to the coach for saying something to the stands after his three-pointer at the beginning of the first half. Michigan State’s Jaden Akins received a technical draw for mocking the Illini bench after making a 3-pointer with 49 seconds left before halftime.
Illinois: Hosts Michigan on Tuesday night.
Michigan State: It will visit Penn State on Wednesday.