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MSU loss weighs on Izzo

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Tom Izzo was in a foul mood after No. 20 Michigan beat his ninth-ranked Michigan State Spartans 60-59 on Tuesday night.

As angry as Izzo was with the officials, and as disappointed as he was in his players' toughness, he was more upset with the man in his mirror.

"I think I had a worse night than my team did," Izzo said somberly at the end of his news conference.

Izzo blamed himself for not having a rotation that would have allowed Draymond Green and Keith Appling to rest more so that they could have played better late in the game.

Green scored a season-low seven and played 37 of 40 minutes, perhaps leading to him coming up short on a shot near the free-throw line that could have won the game.

Appling had 10 points, his fewest in a Big Ten game this season, and almost as many turnovers (four) as assists (five) in 31 minutes.

"Draymond and Keith had to play a lot of minutes in stretches," Izzo said. "The way we play, that's not good."

Stu Douglass made a layup with 36.5 seconds left, and Michigan (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) held on through a wild final sequence to win its third straight against Michigan State (15-4, 4-2).

NO. 2 KENTUCKY 86, ARKANSAS 63: Freshman Anthony Davis scored a career-high 27 and had seven blocks to set a season school record with his 84th for the Wildcats (18-1, 4-0 SEC), who extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 46.

NO. 10 G'TOWN 83, DEPAUL 75: Jason Clark scored a career-high 31 for the visiting Hoyas (15-3, 5-2 Big East), who outrebounded the Blue Demons 47-25.

NO. 18 LOUISVILLE: Junior forward Rakeem Buckles tore a ligament in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season as well as all of 2012-13.

ST. JOHN'S: Point guard Jamal Branch transferred from Texas A&M. He'll sit out one season and have 3½ seasons of eligibility.

Upset for USF women

TAMPA — USF beat a ranked team for the first time in three tries this season, topping No. 21 DePaul 66-63 in overtime.

"I was proud of our … resiliency and defensive effort down the stretch," Bulls coach Jose Fernandez said. "We competed and played hard and took every possession like it was our last of the game."

Jasmine Wynne and Kaneisha Saunders led the Bulls (11-8, 3-2 Big East) with 16 points each, and Inga Orekhova added 13. The Blue Demons (15-4, 3-2) committed 23 turnovers.

NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 120, PITT 44: Devereaux Peters had 20 points in 18 minutes to lead the host Fighting Irish (18-1, 6-0) to its most lopsided Big East victory ever.

ST. JOHN'S 62, NO. 7 RUTGERS 57: Eugeneia McPherson scored 17 as the host Red Storm stopped a six-game winning streak by the Scarlet Knights (15-3, 4-1 Big East).

NO. 19 G'TOWN 67, MARQUETTE 39: Sugar Rodgers scored 18 for the visiting Hoyas (15-4, 4-2 Big East).

OKLAHOMA 65, NO. 23 KANSAS ST. 57: Aaryn Ellenberg had a season-high 31 points and added nine steals, and the visiting Sooners held off a rally by the Wildcats (13-4, 4-1 Big 12).

MSU loss weighs on Izzo 01/17/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 11:53pm]
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