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No. 2 Michigan St tops Illinois 81-61, seals share of title

Miles Bridges grabbed the Big Ten trophy, lifted it and flashed an ear-to-ear grin.

Bridges scored 19 points, leading No. 2 Michigan State to an 81-61 win over Illinois on Tuesday night to seal a share of the Big Ten championship.

The Spartans (27-3, 15-2 Big Ten) have won 11 straight and can claim the conference title outright if they win at Wisconsin on Sunday.

Bridges turned down a chance to make millions in the NBA this season to be a college sophomore in part to chase championships, and now he has one.

"That's why I came back," he said. "Memories that will last a lifetime."

It is clear, though, he's not satisfied with a Big...