In a game in which neither team made even one-third of its shots, it seemed right the deciding free throws would be followed by a few more misses.
Brandon Paul made two foul shots that gave Illinois the lead with 45 seconds to play, then missed the front end of two 1-and-1s in the Illini's 42-41 win over No. 9 Michigan State on Tuesday night.
The win ended a three-game losing streak for the Illini (16-6, 5-4 Big Ten).
The loss cost the Spartans (17-5, 6-3) a chance to move into first place in the Big Ten with No. 3 Ohio State.
Spartans forward Draymond Green spent much of the game on the bench with foul trouble, then was helped from the court with what appeared to be an injury to his left knee with just under 4 minutes to play.
He didn't return.
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