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Michigan State escapes Illinois with hard-fought win, 70-69 Detroit Free Press
This was everything Tom Izzo has hoped to see from Michigan State on the road. Aggressive offense. Hellacious defense. Everyone else making things easy on Cassius Winston. For a half. And then it turned into a complete dogfight. Then came the turnovers. Then came the defensive lapses. Then came foul after foul for Winston. Then the 25th-ranked Spartans’ 20-point lead vanished.

Michigan State blows 20-point lead but comes back to beat Illinois on late dunk MLive.com
his Michigan State team is not dead, Tom Izzo defiantly declared before a critical Tuesday night game at Illinois. And after a heart-stopping closing stretch here at the State Farm Center, his team proved him right. The Spartans blew a 20-point second-half lead but came back and beat No. 22 Illinois, 70-69, on a late Xavier Tillman dunk Tuesday night at the State Farm Center.

Michigan State bounces back, wins 70-69 thriller over Illinois Spartans Wire
After three straight losses to Big Ten rivals, Michigan State Basketball was able to avoid their first four-game losing streak since 2007 with a 70-69 win over Illinois. This was a huge road win for a Michigan State program that was in desperate need of some positive momentum.

Xavier Tillman’s late slam crushes No. 22 Illini, halts Spartans’ three-game skid Detroit News
There would be no final-second miss this time for Xavier Tillman. Trailing by one point in the final seconds, Tillman dunked home a miss from Cassius Winston with 6.6 seconds to play to give Michigan State a 70-69 victory over No. 22 Illinois at the State Farm Center on Tuesday.

Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State’s 70-69 last-second win at Illinois Lansing State Journal
Hold off on changing everything. Instead, just have Rocket Watts and Aaron Henry play like that. That is what I imagined both of them could become when the season began. That pair — as we saw them in Tuesday night’s 70-69 Michigan State win at Illinois — coupled with with Cassius Winston and Xavier Tillman, is capable of overwhelming a quality opponent for stretches and beating them on the road. They’ll need more from Winston. But they’ve seen him do it on the biggest stages.

Tillman’s Late Dunk Lifts Michigan State Past No. 22 Illinois MSUSpartans.com
Xavier Tillman scored a putback dunk off a missed layup from Cassius Winston with 6.6 seconds left to lift the Spartans over No. 22 Illinois, 70-69, in a Big Ten men’s basketball game inside State Farm Arena late Tuesday evening. Rocket Watts led four Spartans in double figures with a career-high 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting.

Xavier Tillman’s put-back slam after missed layups a revival for Michigan State Detroit Free Press
Tillman stood by himself at the top of the key. One step, then another, with no one paying attention to him. His strides grew as his eyes recognized what he was seeing, Winston shot caroming softly off the glass toward the other side of the rim. He leaped, he grabbed the ball with two hands, and Tillman threw it down with a massive exhale.