Daniel Horton was determined to help Michigan beat Illinois.
Horton scored 25 of his career-high 39 in the second half, rallying Michigan to a 72-64 victory over No. 8 Illinois on Tuesday night.
"I just wanted to do what it took to win," said Horton, who shot 13-for-20 - including 5-for-7 on 3-pointers. "I got to give my teammates all the credit. I shot well but I never really felt in a groove because there weren't any tough shots. I was open most of the time."
Horton was instrumental in jump-starting the struggling offense early in the second half. After trailing 34-30 at the break, Michigan hit five straight 3-pointers - including three by Horton - to take the lead.
The Illini twice tied it, the last at 57 with 5:46 left. The Wolverines maintained control and built a 64-60 lead with 1:04 left.
James Augustine pulled Illinois within 66-64 on two free throws with 45.7 seconds to play. Horton sealed it by hitting six free throws in the final 43 seconds.
Michigan reserve Amadou Ba, who was involved in an altercation with a Michigan State fan last weekend, was disciplined by the Big Ten. He sat out and will miss half of Saturday's game at Ohio State.
LOUISVILLE 65, USF 56: The host Cardinals used a 15-4 run to take a 61-50 lead with 4:07 left, and the Bulls never recovered. Ezria Parsons had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead USF.