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Illinois holds off Michigan charge, 54-52

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Illinois guard Demetri McCamey (32) shoots over Michigan guard Stu Douglass (1) during an NCAA college basketball game at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Robin Scholz) By Robin Scholz Illinois guard Demetri McCamey (32) shoots over Michigan guard Stu Douglass (1) during an NCAA college basketball game at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Robin Scholz) By Robin Scholz
Illinois guard Brandon Paul (3) shoots over Michigan forward Jordan Morgan (52) during an NCAA college basketball game at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Robin Scholz) By Robin Scholz Illinois guard Brandon Paul (3) shoots over Michigan forward Jordan Morgan (52) during an NCAA college basketball game at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Robin Scholz) By Robin Scholz
Illinois'center Mike Tisdale (54) goes after a loose ball in front of Michigan's forward Jordan Morgan (52) during an NCAA college basketball game at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Robin Scholz) By Robin Scholz Illinois'center Mike Tisdale (54) goes after a loose ball in front of Michigan's forward Jordan Morgan (52) during an NCAA college basketball game at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Robin Scholz) By Robin Scholz
Illinois guard Demetri McCamey (32) drives past Michigan forward Jordan Morgan (52) during an NCAA college basketball at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Robin Scholz) By Robin Scholz Illinois guard Demetri McCamey (32) drives past Michigan forward Jordan Morgan (52) during an NCAA college basketball at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Robin Scholz) By Robin Scholz
Illinois' guard D.J. Richardson (1) looks to pass past Michigan's forward Jordan Morgan (52) during an NCAA College basketball game at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Robin Scholz) By Robin Scholz Illinois' guard D.J. Richardson (1) looks to pass past Michigan's forward Jordan Morgan (52) during an NCAA College basketball game at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Robin Scholz) By Robin Scholz

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Demetri McCamey scored 18 and Illinois held off a late Michigan charge for a 54-52 win Wednesday.  

Bill Cole hit a free throw with 14 seconds to play to give Illinois the two-point edge. The Wolverines then missed a pair of shots at the other end, the last a desperation one-handed heave by Stu Douglass that hit the rim at the buzzer.  

The win keeps Illini (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten) hopes for an NCAA tournament spot alive. For Michigan (16-11, 6-8), the loss ended a three-game winning streak that had the Wolverines thinking March Madness might be in reach for them, too.  

Mike Tisdale added 12 for Illinois, which led 32-22 at halftime.  

Jordan Morgan led Michigan with 12 points. Darius Morris had 11 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 10.  

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