Around college basketball: Spartans rout Wolverines
Derrick Nix of Michigan State celebrates during the Spartans’ victory over Michigan. Nix had 14 points and five rebounds.
No. 8 Michigan State 75, No. 4 Michigan 52: Gary Harris scored 17 points and Derrick Nix had 14 to help host Michigan State rout Michigan last night in a Big Ten matchup of top-10 teams.
With the win, the Spartans (21-4, 10-2) took over first place in the conference. The Wolverines (21-4, 8-4) have lost three of four.
Michigan State never trailed, led by as many as 16 points in the first half and enjoyed 30-point leads in the second half.
Trey Burke, a Northland graduate, scored 18 points to lead the Wolverines. Tim Hardaway Jr. was kept scoreless until making a layup early in the second half and didn’t score again. He was 1 of 11 from the field and scored a season-low two points. Glen Robinson III was 1 of 4 and scored two points to match his season low.
Harris scored from the outside, making five three-pointers, and Nix had his way on the inside as part of a balanced offense.
Michigan State’s Keith Appling had 11 points and Branden Dawson scored 10 before leaving the game late in the second half after Michigan’s Mitch McGary hit him in the face inadvertently with his right arm.
No. 7 Florida 69, No. 25 Kentucky 52: Scottie Wilbekin had 14 points and eight assists, Pat Young recorded his sixth double-double of the season, and host Florida (20-3, 10-1) handled Kentucky (17-7, 8-3) in a Southeastern Conference game.
The Gators snapped a five-game losing streak in the series, and coach Billy Donovan improved to 2-7 against Kentucky’s John Calipari.
Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, the nation’s leading shot-blocker, suffered a left knee injury in the second half and did not return.
Cincinnati 68, Villanova 50: Sean Kilpatrick and JaQuon Parker scored 19 points apiece, and host Cincinnati (19-6, 7-5) turned up the defensive pressure and stopped a two-game slump by beating Villanova (15-10, 6-6) in a Big East game.
Point guard Cashmere Wright had 11 points on 3-of-14 shooting for Cincinnati.
Detroit 92, Cleveland State 62: Nick Minnerath scored 34 points, two short of his career high, and grabbed 12 rebounds, helping host Detroit (17-9, 9-4) sweep its season series with Cleveland State (12-14, 4-8) in a Horizon League game.
Valparaiso 68, Wright State 61: Kevin Van Wijk had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Valparaiso (20-6, 10-2) held off host Wright State (17-9, 8-5) in the Horizon League.
No. 1 Baylor 89, Texas Tech 47: Brittney Griner had 10 points and 11 rebounds for her 54th career double-double, and top-ranked Baylor moved closer to another Big 12 title with its 52nd consecutive home win, over Texas Tech (18-7, 8-5). Griner also had seven blocked shots and five assists while leading four players scoring in double figures for the Bears (23-1, 12-0).
Northwestern forward Jared Swopshire will miss the rest of the season after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Swopshire started all 24 games and averaged 9.7 points and 6.7 rebounds.