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Illinois Tops Michigan State in Big Road Win; Bradley Rallies Past Evansville

 width=Malcolm Hill scored 19 points and Illinois withstood a last-minute technical foul to beat Michigan State 59-54 on Saturday afternoon.

Kendrick Nunn added 14 points and Nnanna Egwu had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Fighting Illini (16-8, 6-5 Big Ten), winners of three straight games.

Denzel Valentine scored 16 points for the Spartans (15-8, 6-4) but fouled out after missing a 6-foot shot that would have given his team a 56-55 lead.

After the Fighting Illini were called for a technical, Michigan State got just two points from four free throws and Valentine missed his shot on the same possession. Hill converted four at the line in the final 15 seconds for Illinois.

The Spartans finished 7 of 18 on free-throw shooting.

>>Bradley Rallies To Beat Evansville

 width=Tramique Sutherland scored 18 points as Bradley came back from a 17-point deficit to beat Evansville 56-53 on Saturday.

Bradley went on a 24-3 run early in the second half, eight coming from Nate Wells, to take its first lead of the game at 44-40 with 9:50 left in the game. Evansville was held to four field goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Omari Grier had 11 points for Bradley (8-17, 3-9 Missouri Valley Conference).

Sutherland broke a tie at 50-all with a basket with 41 seconds left. Ka'Darryl Bell and Sutherland made 4 of 4 from the free throw line in the final 11 seconds before D.J. Balentine hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Balentine hit five 3s and led Evansville (16-8, 6-6) with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting.

Evansville scored the first 12 points of the game and led 30-16 at the break.

 width=>>Southern Illinois Upsets Illinois State

Anthony Beane scored 23 points, Deion Lavender added 15, and Southern Illinois held off a late Illinois State charge to win 65-59 on Saturday, ending the Redbirds' three-game winning streak.

Jordan Caroline scored 12 - including the go-ahead free throw with 48 seconds left - for SIU (10-15, 3-9 Missouri Valley Conference), which led by as many as 18.

Beane hit an early jumper for his 500th career point at SIU Arena and the Salukis led 34-28 at halftime.

SIU pulled ahead 44-34 early in the second half, but DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell hit three consecutive 3-pointers and a jumper and the Redbirds drew within 54-53 with 3:50 left. Daishon Knight put the Redbirds up 57-55 with free throws, the lead flip-flopped, then Caroline hit two free throws for a 61-59 Salukis lead.

Akoon-Purcell scored 19 for Illinois State (15-9, 7-5), Reggie Lynch had a career-high 18, and Knight added 10.

 width=>>Groce Silent On Return For Rice, Cosby

Illinois coach John Groce (GROHS) won't say when suspended players Rayvonte Rice and Aaron Cosby will return.

Asked Friday when they will return and whether they might play Saturday at Michigan State (15-7, 6-3 Big Ten) he said they remain "indefinitely suspended," without elaborating.

The guards were both expected to return soon from injuries when Groce suspended them just before the Jan. 31 Penn State game for violating unspecified team rules.

Rice is the leading scorer and rebounder for Illinois (15-8, 5-5). But the Illini have gone 5-3 since he suffered a broken hand in practice. Cosby was a starter before he tore a retina against Indiana.

Groce said Rice and Cosby are medically ready to play. He said their roles on the team will be decided when they return.

>>Iowa Crushes No. 15 Maryland

Aaron White had 17 points, Adam Woodbury scored 16 and Iowa battered No. 17 Maryland with a hot-shooting first half on the way to a 71-55 win on Sunday afternoon.

Peter Jok added 15 points for the Hawkeyes (15-8, 6-4 Big Ten), who shot better than 60 percent in the first half for a 40-17 lead at the break.

Trimble kept the Terrapins in the building by scoring 13 points in the first half despite having a TV camera dropped on his face and being poked in the eye by Woodbury during one five-minute span.

The freshman star finished with a game-high 20 points but the Terrapins (19-5, 7-4) lost for the third time in five games and dropped their third in a row on the road.

>>No. 20 Ohio State Pounds Rutgers

Freshman star D'Angelo Russell had a triple-double, scoring 17 of his 23 points in the first half as No. 20 Ohio State bounced back from an upset to thump Rutgers 79-60 on Sunday.

Jae'Sean Tate added 20 points for the Buckeyes (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten), who were coming off Wednesday's 60-58 loss to Purdue on the road, which snapped a three-game winning streak.

Russell collected 11 rebounds and 11 assists and Bloomington-native Keita Bates-Diop chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds to help the Buckeyes in their second consecutive game without suspended forward Marc Loving.

Bishop Daniels scored 17 points and Junior Etou had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Rutgers (10-15, 2-10), which has lost eight games in a row since shocking then-No. 4 Wisconsin 67-62 on Jan. 11 for the program's first-ever win over a top-five team.

>>No. 25 Indiana Holds Off Furious Michigan Comeback

Troy Williams netted 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds as the Indiana Hoosiers
escaped the Michigan Wolverines, 70-67, in a Big Ten Conference clash at Assembly Hall.

Yogi Ferrell chipped in with 18 points and six assists for Indiana (17-7, 7-4 Big Ten), which has won two of its last three games. James Blackmon Jr. contributed 13 points and eight boards of his own in the win.

Zak Irvin led all scorers in the game, netting 23 points for Michigan (13-11, 6-6). Ricky Doyle added 15 points and six rebounds, and Spike Albrecht collected 12 points with seven assists in the loss, which was the third in a row for the Wolverines.

The Wolverines made a comeback in the second half behind 53.8 percent shooting, but failed to tie the game at the final buzzer on a missed 3-point attempt. The Hoosiers made 41.7 percent of their shots in the frame, and 10- of-13 from the charity stripe.

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