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Spartans blasted for first loss

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Mike Gesell scored a career-high 25 and Iowa cruised past top-ranked Michigan State 83-70 on Tuesday night, handing the Spartans their first loss.

Peter Jok had 19 points for the Hawkeyes (10-3), who toppled a No. 1 team for the first time in 16 years.

Iowa never trailed in what turned out to be a surprisingly easy win over the Spartans (13-1). The Hawkeyes led by as many as 19 in snapping a nine-game skid against Michigan State.

Eron Harris scored 21 to lead the Spartans. They were playing their second game without injured star Denzel Valentine — their leader in scoring, rebounds and assists — and their first since coach Tom Izzo's father Carl died Monday.

NO. 2 KANSAS 78, UC IRVINE 53: Perry Ellis had 14 points, Frank Mason III added 13 and the host Jayhawks (11-1) pulled away in the second half in their final tuneup before pursuing a 12th straight Big 12 championship.

NO. 13 MIAMI 76, PRINCETON 64: Angel Rodriguez scored 14 and the host Hurricanes (11-1) withstood an upset bid. Rodriguez's two free throws and 3-pointer during a one-minute stretch late in the game put Miami ahead for good.

NO. 14 PURDUE 61, WIS. 55: A.J. Hammons scored 24, Dakota Mathias hit two 3s in the final 1:19 and the visiting Boilermakers (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) held on to snap a four-game losing streak to the Badgers.

NO. 17 SMU 81, TULSA 69: Shake Milton, a freshman from the Tulsa, Okla., suburb of Owasso, had a spectacular homecoming, scoring a career-high 24 and making 7 of 8 3-pointers to lead the visiting Mustangs (12-0) in an American Athletic Conference opener.

NO. 20 TEXAS A&M 82, CAL POLY 63: Freshman Tyler Davis matched his season high with 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting to lift the host Aggies (10-2).

TEMPLE 77, NO. 22 CINCINNATI 70: Quenton DeCosey scored 19 and hit three free throws in the closing seconds, helping the visiting Owls pull away for their first win over a ranked team this season. The Bearcats (10-4, 0-1 AAC) have dropped four of seven.

NO. 23 BAYLOR 72, TEXAS SOUTHERN 59: Al Freeman scored 21 and ignited a key run that finally put the host Bears (10-2) in control. Baylor led only 44-40 in the second half before Freeman made a layup then hit a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 run.

MARQUETTE: The school signed coach Steve Wojciechowski to a two-year contract extension that would keep him with the Golden Eagles through the 2021-22 season.

Women

NO. 12 DUKE 84, W. CAROLINA 47: Azura Stevens had 21 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for the host Blue Devils (10-3).

NO. 16 TEXAS A&M 88, PRAIRIE VIEW 30: Khaalia Hillsman hit 10 of 13 shots for a career-high 22 points for the host Aggies (10-3).

NO. 23 MISSOURI 88, CHARLOTTE 71: Jordan Frericks had 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the host Tigers, who are 13-0 for the first time.

NO. 25 DEPAUL 91, MARQUETTE 86: Chanise Jenkins had a career-high 25 points and eight assists to lead the host Blue Demons (9-5) in their Big East opener.

Spartans blasted for first loss 12/29/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 11:23pm]
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