No. 22 Illinois went into Tuesday’s match with Michigan State having actually lost successive games to ranked challengers by single-digits. After routing the Spartans by 17 at halftime, however, it appeared ready to turn a corner.
The Combating Illini roared back to take a 69-68 lead in the subsiding seconds of guideline on their home flooring. They required one more protective stop to protect triumph.
That’s when a series of devastating occasions struck the hosts.
First, Illinois permitted a putback dunk with that offered Michigan State a one-point edge with 6.6 seconds left. Leading scorer Ayo Dosunmu suffered a frightening leg injury attempting to beat the buzzer at the other end. He stayed on the flooring in discomfort as time ended and the handshake line started.
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Dosunmu was ultimately assisted off the flooring by team personnel, putting no weight on his left leg. Couple of information on the seriousness of the injury were offered instantly following the contest.
Brad Underwood states Ayo Dosunmu is with the medical personnel and his family today in his postgame radio interview.
“We’ve had very little contact with him at this point.” #Illini
— Gavin Good (@itsallG_O_O_D) February 12,2020
Underwood stated on radio they do not understand anything about Ayo’s status. States he’s with his family and the medical professionals right now. FWIW, Brad’s tone didn’t sound extremely motivating. Applauded the quality of medical personnel at Illinois.
— Dave Wischnowsky (@wischlist) February 12,2020
Dosunmu, a 6-5 sophomore, is Illinois’ engine, balancing practically 16 points per game this season. He scored 17 in the loss to the Spartans to support 9 rebounds.