Illinois loses basketball game, top scorer Ayo Dosunmu in matter of seconds

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No. 22 Illinois entered Tuesday's matchup with Michigan State having lost consecutive games to ranked opponents by single-digits. After trailing the Spartans by 17 at halftime, though, it appeared prepared to turn a corner.

The Fighting Illini roared back to take a 69-68 lead in the waning seconds of regulation on their home floor. They needed one more defensive stop to secure victory.

That's when a series of disastrous events struck the hosts.

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First, Illinois allowed a putback dunk with that gave Michigan State a one-point edge with 6.6 seconds left. Then, leading scorer Ayo Dosunmu suffered a scary leg injury trying to beat the buzzer at the other end. He remained on the floor in pain as time expired and the handshake line began.

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Dosunmu was eventually helped off the floor by team staff, putting no weight on his left leg. Few details on the severity of the injury were available immediately following the contest.

Dosunmu, a 6-5 sophomore, is Illinois' engine, averaging almost 16 points per game this season. He scored 17 in the loss to the Spartans to go along with nine rebounds.

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