Xavior Tillman

May 14, 2019 - 910 views

Tillman said his early arrival was the result of a different schedule for the team that day. And there was a reason he went straight to the gym well before a nationally-televised game against the program’s biggest rival.

“I usually don’t like to go home before games because I start relaxing,” he said. “So, I like to be here early so I can always stay locked in.”

Tillman got to the building early and was a difference maker from start to finish while helping No. 14 Michigan State to an 87-69 win against No. 12 Michigan on Sunday afternoon in East Lansing. He finished with 20 points – one shy of tying a career high – 11 rebounds, three assists and a career-high six blocks.

“I felt like I played pretty good,” said Tillman, whose mother, Tanya Powell-May, was a standout four-year basketball player for the Wolverines. “As far as historically, with this rivalry, it feels good that I can do my part and make sure Michigan State comes out with a win against Michigan.”


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