No. 13 Michigan State vs. Illinois final score: Spartans rally past Illini, 80-75

Gregory Shamus

Keith Appling helped revive the No. 13 Michigan State Spartans, who scored 53 points in the second half after were left for dead at halftime against Illinois on Thursday.

The No. 13 Michigan State Spartans rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat the Illinois Fighting Illini, 80-75, on Thursday night at Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich.

For more on this game, head over to THE ONLY COLORS

Down 37-27 at the break, the Spartans began the second half on a 14-0 run, thanks in part to four turnovers in four minutes from the Illini. Keith Appling scored five points during the run, including converting on a three-point play to cut the deficit to one. By the time the Illini finally made their first field goal of the half, more than six minutes had elapsed.

Illinois started the game strong, jumping out to an 8-0 lead, and would take a double-digit lead on D.J. Richardson's three-pointer at the 8:01 mark in the first half. After Michigan State rallied to cut the Illini lead to three, Illinois reeled off seven straight points, five of which were scored by Myke Henry, to close out the half.

Appling finished with 24 points to lead Michigan State, while Tracy Abrams scored 16 points for Illinois in the loss.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.