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Michigan Takes Title with Win at Illinois

WGIL Newsroom . State Sports 146

illiniCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Nik Stauskas scored 24 points and No. 12 Michigan shot 70 percent from the 3-point line to win its first Big Ten title outright since 1986 with an 84-53 victory over Illinois on Tuesday night.

The Wolverines were 16 of 23 from 3-point range, including Stauskas’ career-high seven.

Michigan had the game in hand by halftime with a 52-30 lead. The Wolverines hit five straight 3-pointers midway through the half to break the game open. The 15-point run turned widened Michigan’s 20-17 lead to a comfortable 32-17.

Caris LeVert added 15 points for Michigan.

The Illini had won three straight and had held four straight opponents to fewer than 50 points. The loss was their worst at home in the 51-year history of the arena now called the State Farm Center.

Rayvonte Rice led Illinois with 16 points.