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Tuesday's highlights: Monticello's Fisher tops 1,000 career points

In boys' basketball

Class 2A Salt Fork Regional

Moore, Vikings earn league title

With a victory over Normal Community in the bag Tuesday night, members of the Danville boys' basketball team listened feverishly to the radio, sweating the late stages of a separate Big 12 Conference game.

After several minutes, it became official: Normal West had closed out Champaign Central, and the Vikings were outright league champions for the first time since 2001.

Underwood: 'Can't get them better shots'

Illinois coach Brad Underwood discusses his team's loss at No. 2 Michigan State on Tuesday night in East Lansing, Mich.

Spartans' success is what Underwood wants

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State used the final minutes of Tuesday night’s game against Illinois to honor its seniors.

Tom Izzo subbed each senior out one by one. They went to midcourt, acknowledged the crowd and kissed the Spartans logo at center court at the Breslin Center before exiting to raucous applause.

Michigan State had the luxury to take the time to do so.

Notes: Offense takes 180 turn for Illini

EAST LANSING, Mich. — What did Brad Underwood like about Illinois’ offense in the first half of Tuesday night’s game against No. 2 Michigan State?

“Everything,” the Illini coach said.

Illini grade vs. Michigan State: D

Player of the game
Michigan State’s Miles Bridges
The Spartans fans chanted “One more year” in the second half with Bridges at the free throw line. That he finished with 19 points, five rebounds and three assists stands as a fairly good reason to want the likely lottery pick back.

Quick take: Second half struggles hit again

What happened
At halftime? Anything was possible with Illinois trailing No. 2 Michigan State by just three points with some positive momentum. Then the Spartans had a double-digit lead before the first media timeout of the second half and rolled to a 20-point win.

Frazier: 'We've got to work on finishing'

Illinois guard Trent Frazier and forward Leron Black break down the Illini's 81-61 loss at No. 2 Michigan State on Tuesday, with Frazier hitting on what went right and wrong for the offense and Black discussing the impact Spartans' big man Jaren Jackson Jr. had defensively.

LIVE! Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Illinois was very much in Tuesday night's game against No. Michigan State at halftime, getting the final score of the first half to cut its deficit to three points.

Then another scoring drought hit. Typical for the Illini this season. Michigan State built its lead to double figures before the first media timeout, and the Spartans rolled to a 81-61 victory.

HS Boys Basketball: Central vs. Normal West

Champaign Central vs. Normal West in a prep basketball game at Central on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.