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Michigan State Basketball Post-Game Notes
Michigan State vs. Illinois
Feb. 1, 2005 - East Lansing, Mich. - Breslin Center
Final Score: Illinois 81, Michigan State 68

+ Illinois handed MSU its first home loss of the season, as Michigan State entered the game 10-0 in the Breslin Center. With the loss, the Spartans are 14-4 (5-2 Big Ten), while the Illini are undefeated 22-0 (8-0). The Spartans' last loss at Breslin was last year against Wisconsin March 2 (68-64 in overtime).

+ Tonight marked just the seventh Spartan loss in 102 games, since the start of the 1998-99 season.

+ State has sold out 108 consecutive regular-season games at the Breslin Center.

+ MSU held a 29-27 rebounding edge, led by eight rebounds from Maurice Ager. This marks the 14th time this season that Michigan State has outrebounded an opponent.

+ MSU allowed Illinois to shoot 56.9 percent from the field, which was the second-highest by a Spartan opponent this season (George Washington, 12/4/04, 57.1 percent). Illinois made 12 consecutive field-goal attempts, from the 18:02 mark to the 6:37 mark of the second half.

+ State's 13-point loss matches its greatest defeat of the season (GW 12/4/04, 96-83).

+ Illinois made 13 3-pointers, the most by an MSU opponent this season. Wisconsin sank 12 3-pointers on Jan. 16.

+ Tonight's contest marks the seventh time this season that at least five Spartans have scored in double figures.

+ Alan Anderson led the team with 14 points, marking the 50th time he has reached double-figure scoring and the 14th time this season.

+ Paul Davis scored 12 points and tied his season-highs in both assists and steals, with three each.

+ MSU went 13-for-13 in free throws, the first time this season that State has had a perfect record from the line.



+ MSU's bench outscored Illinois' reserves 14-8. Spartan subs have outscored their opponents 15 times in 18 games, including the last 10 in a row.

+ With two 3-pointers in tonight's game, senior Chris Hill moved into sole possession of fifth place on the Big Ten's career 3-pointers list, with 285.

+ MSU posted 18 assists to Illinois' 14.

+ With the Green and White loss, MSU is 1-14 all-time against No. 1 teams in the AP poll.

+ Illinois has defeated MSU in three straight contests.

+ Tom Izzo owns a career mark of 130-19 in the Breslin Center, including a 95-7 mark over the last seven seasons.

+ Tonight's contest marked just the third occasion this season in which MSU trailed at halftime.

+ MSU had 13 turnovers, while forcing just 10. The Spartans are just 3-4 when they have an equal number or more turnovers than the opposition, and 11-0 when they have fewer turnovers.