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Illinois holds off Michigan State 71-62

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Illinois' Mike Davis (24) dunks during the second half of Illinois' 71-62 win over Michigan State in an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Robert K. O'Daniell) By Robert K. O'Daniell Illinois' Mike Davis (24) dunks during the second half of Illinois' 71-62 win over Michigan State in an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Robert K. O'Daniell) By Robert K. O'Daniell
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Illinois' Demetri McCamey (32) dives and saves the ball as Michigan State Korie Luscious (34) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Robert K. O'Daniell) By Robert K. O'Daniell Illinois' Demetri McCamey (32) dives and saves the ball as Michigan State Korie Luscious (34) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Robert K. O'Daniell) By Robert K. O'Daniell
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Brandon Paul scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half to lead No. 23 Illinois past 17th-ranked Michigan State 71-62 on Tuesday night.  

The Illini (14-5, 4-3 Big Ten) led 53-43 on a 3-pointer by Paul with 13:08 to play. But they had to hold off a late Spartans charge and ultimately won with seven free throws from four players that built a two-point lead back up to 65-57 with 5:28 left.  

Jereme Richmond added 14 points for Illinois, and Demetri McCamey had 15 points and 11 assists.  

The win ended a two-game skid for Illinois that included defeats at Penn State and Wisconsin.  

Michigan State (12-6, 4-2) was led by Kalin Lucas, who scored 15 points. Raymond Green had 12 but fouled out with 36 seconds to play.  

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