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Spartans turn in-state battle into a laugher

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Gary Harris had 17 points and Derrick Nix 14 to help No. 8 Michigan State rout No. 4 Michigan 75-52 on Tuesday night, the rivalry's first matchup of top 10 teams.

The Spartans (21-4, 10-2 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie with No. 1 Indiana, which plays at Michigan State next Tuesday.

The Wolverines (21-4, 8-4) have lost three of four, but the closely contested setbacks on the road against the Hoosiers and Wisconsin were nothing like the latest when they were held to their fewest points this season.

Michigan State didn't trail once, led by as many as 16 points in the first half and enjoyed 30-point leads in the second. The game was so lopsided that both coaches filled the court with reserves during the final minutes.

Trey Burke scored 18 for the Wolverines and didn't get much help from his teammate offensively, or defensively.

Tim Hardaway Jr. was held 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. Glen Robinson III was 1-of-4 and scored two to match his season low.

The Wolverines, who pride themselves on taking care of the basketball, had a season-high 16 turnovers and didn't have much success getting the ball away from the turnover-prone Spartans.

Everything went right for Michigan State, which had just eight turnovers and made 48.4 percent of its shots.

Harris scored from the outside, making five 3-pointers, and Nix had his way on the inside as part of a balanced offense.

Keith Appling had 11 points and Branden Dawson 10 before leaving the court late in the game because Michigan's Mitch McGary hit him in the face inadvertently with his right arm. Freshman Matt Costello scored a season-high eight.

Michigan State has won two straight in the series after losing three in a row.

NORTH CAROLINA: Freshman center Joel James won't play at Duke tonight due because of a concussion.

NORTHWESTERN: Forward Jared Swopshire, a graduate student who transferred from Louisville, will miss the remainder of the season after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.


NO. 1 BAYLOR 89, TEXAS TECH 47: Brittney Griner had 10 points and 11 rebounds for her 54th career double double as the Bears (23-1, 13-0 Big 12), won their 52nd straight home game.

NO. 3 UCONN 105, PROVIDENCE 49: Kaleena Mosqueda Lewis had 17 points to lead six players in double figures for the visiting Huskies (23-1, 10-1 Big East), who topped 100 points for the fourth time this season.

NO. 23 SYRACUSE 69, G'TOWN 60: Brianna Butler had 16 points for the visiting Orange (20-3, 8-2 Big East), which pulled ahead with a 20-4 second-half run.

SUMMITT HONORED: Former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt received the New York Athletic Club's Winged Foot Legends Award, which recognizes influential coaches and other individuals within college basketball.

Spartans turn in-state battle into a laugher 02/12/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:01am]
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