Michigan State was back at home for the first time in nearly a month, and the Spartans put on a show for the home town fans.
With Illinois (8-8, 0-3 Big Ten) already staring at an 0-2 start to Big Ten play, they learned their star guard Kendrick Nunn would miss the game due to the birth of his first child, which didn’t make the task of facing No. 5 MSU any easier. The biggest run in the game came as Michigan State (15-1, 2-1 Big Ten) led 16-13 with about 13 minutes remaining in the first half. The Spartans proceeded to go on a 31-9 run to close the half and breezed their way to an easy 79-54 victory.
Three MSU players finished in double digits tonight with Senior guard Bryn Forbes leading the way with 17 points on 7 of 13 from the field. Junior guard Eron Harris scored 13 points and freshmen forward Deyonta Davis added 10 points off the bench. The difference in the game was the large field-goal percentage differential as Michigan State shot a hot 61% from the field in the first half and eventually finished the game at 53% shooting. The Fighting Illini struggled, shooting an abysmal 30% from the field.
The Spartans are back on the road this weekend as they head to Happy Valley to take on Penn State (10-6, 1-2 Big Ten) this Saturday (12pm on Big Ten Network).