A roundup of Big Ten basketball action from Monday, Nov. 23, 2015:
The Illini unbelievably trailed the Cougars by 14 on two separate occasions, but a 14-0 Illinois run erased the second. A Malcolm Hill 3 tied the game at 75, and a Mike Thorne Jr. layup gave the Illini a late 77-75 lead. Two straight Chicago State layups gave the Cougars a two-point lead before a Hill steal set up a game-tying bucket by Khalid Lewis. The Illini forced a shot-clock violation and got a buzzer-beating 3 from Jalen Coleman-Lands to escape with a last-second win. Michael Finke led the Illini with 17 points, as Illinois avoided suffering its first-ever loss to Chicago State.
After allowing the Demon Deacons to shoot better than 57 percent from the field in the first half, the Hoosiers went on two separate 9-0 runs in the second half, at one point leading by nine. But Wake cut that lead to just a point with under three minutes to play and scored in the final minute to take a 78-77 lead. Troy Williams split a pair of free throws to tie the game before the Deacons got another basket to pull ahead for good. Wake shot 51 percent on the game as the Indiana defense failed again. The Hoosiers missed 19 3-point attempts, were out-rebounded, 43-30, and were outscored in the paint, 52-32.
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Michigan State 89, Eastern Michigan 65
The Spartans allowed just 25 first-half points and just a 33.8-percent shooting mark for the game in this runaway. Deyonta Davis was the high man with 16 points, five rebounds and five blocks, while Denzel Valentine flirted with another triple-double, scoring 12 points, pulling down nine boards and handing out seven assists. Javon Bess, Bryn Forbes and Eron Harris also scored in double figures as new No. 3 Michigan State improved to 4-0.
The Cats had a good first half, for the most part, using a 9-0 run to come within a point of the Heels and taking a six-point lead in the first half. Even after North Carolina closed the first half on a 14-1 run, Tre Demps scored 10 points in two and a half minutes to make it just a two-point deficit. But a 12-0 Carolina blitz followed, allowing the Heels to pull away. Demps finished with 21 points, as Bryant McIntosh had a poor shooting night, going just 3-for-15 from the field.
Creighton 85, Rutgers 75
The Knights had a halftime lead but scored just 32 second-half points en route to the loss. Creighton out-shot Rutgers and won the rebounding battle, and the Knights sent the Jays to the free-throw line 26 times and turned the ball over 15 times. Corey Sanders had 21 points to lead Rutgers, with Bishop Daniels scoring 17 off the bench and Deshawn Freeman scoring 14 points to go along with seven rebounds.