After closing the first half on a 17-4 run, the Illini didn’t let Michigan get closer than seven until Darius Morris took over late.
Win clinches a first round bye for Illini in Big 10 Tourney
The Fighting Illini shot 50 percent from the field, but Purdue made 11 3-pointers and committed just five turnovers.
Michigan State stands tall at home 61-57.
Illinois outscored Minnesota 23-2 off the bench to snap a four-game road losing streak.
It’s the 5th loss in 7 games for the Illini.
No. 23 Illinois found the answer to many of its problems Tuesday night.
Mike Tisdale added 13 points, Mike Davis had 12, Meyers Leonard and Jereme Richmond had 11 each and D.J. Richardson finished with 10.
McCamey, who had seven assists, scored 11 points over the final 5:15 for Illinois (12-3, 2-0 Big Ten). Davis grabbed 14 rebounds.
D.J. Richardson added 17 for the Illini (11-3, 1-0 Big Ten), who hit 11 of their first 13 tries from 3-point range and shot 66.7 percent.