The Michigan State men’s and women’s basketball teams each posted five-point wins on Thursday night.
The Spartan men’s team rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to post an 80-75 victory over Illinois at Breslin Center tonight. MSU shot 87.5 percent from the field (14-of-16) in the second half
Keith Appling led MSU with 24 points, 19 of which came in the second half. It was the fourth 20-point game of his career. Freshman Denzel Valentine had a season-high 14 points off the bench for the Spartans.
Solari and Graham will have more coverage of this win later.
The MSU women’s team overcame a sloppy start where they fell behind 10-0 in the game’s early stages to battle back in the second half and hold on for a 67-62 road win over Northwestern. It was the Spartans’ 18th straight win over the Wildcats and their eighth in a row at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Annalise Pickrel scored a career-high 21 points and made 5-of-7 3-pointers to help the Spartan women’s team end a two-game losing streak.
Jasmine Thomas added 14 points and Klarissa Bell scored 10 for MSU, which shot 56 percent (14-25) in the second half.