BLOOMINGTON, Ill., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Gary Harris' 23 points and Denzel Valentine's double-double Saturday sent No. 4 Michigan State over Illinois 78-62.
Valentine finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Spartans (17-1, 6-0 Big Ten) reeled off a 10th straight win.
Keith Appling also scored 15 points for MSU.
The Fighting Illini (13-6, 2-4) were paced by Tracy Abrams' 15 points. Rayvonte Rice and Jon Ekey contributed 12 each.