CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Brandon Paul scored 20 points Tuesday and No. 22 Illinois posted its 10th straight home win with a 71-62 victory over No. 18 Michigan State.
Paul came off the bench to score 17 of his points in the first half for Illinois (14-5, 4-2 Big Ten), which rebounded from a pair of tough losses on the road with a key conference victory on its home court.
The Spartans (12-6, 4-2) stayed close throughout but couldn't overcome their anemic 39.3 percent shooting from the floor.
Kalin Lucas led Michigan State with 15 points while Durrell Summers added 13.