Spartans D stops OSU's home streak

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tom Izzo is not a coach who likes to take his foot off the pedal. But he did, and as a result, No. 11 Michigan State had more fuel in the tank.

Adreian Payne scored 15, Draymond Green had 12 — and a critical talk with the coach — and the defense-minded Spartans beat No. 3 Ohio State 58-48 Saturday night, ending the Buckeyes' 39-game home winning streak.

"I told him the most important thing for us is going to be energy, trying to keep our energy level high," Green said of his conversation before Friday's workout. "Pretty much everything was just a walkthrough, knowing your assignments. That was really key for us."

Izzo admitted giving the Spartans a light practice the day before a major showdown was "something I never do."

"I knew we were just dragging because we had gone, like, 11 straight days," he said. "I listened to my players. Draymond Green took care of (talking to his teammates), and it was just a focused walkthrough."

The Spartans (20-5, 9-3 Big Ten) pulled into a tie with the Buckeyes (21-4, 9-3) for first place in the conference by playing a withering, physical defense. Ohio State hit just 26 percent of its shots from the field (14-of-53).

NO. 1 KENTUCKY 69, VANDY 63: Doron Lamb hit a 3-pointer with 3:18 left to put the visiting Wildcats (25-1, 11-0 SEC) ahead to stay and move them closer to the conference regular-season title. UK scored the game's final eight.

NO. 2 SYRACUSE 85, UCONN 67: Scoop Jardine hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions in the closing minutes, and the host Orange (25-1, 12-1 Big East) earned its fifth straight win.

NO. 4 MIzzou 72, NO. 6 BAYLOR 57: Phil Pressey scored 19 and made four of the Tigers' season-best 14 3-pointers as Missouri (23-2, 10-2 Big 12) improved to 14-0 at home. The Bears (21-4, 8-4) were coming off a 14-point home loss against Kansas.

NO. 5 UNC 70, NO. 19 UVA 52: Tyler Zeller had 25 points and nine rebounds for the host Tar Heels (21-4, 8-2 ACC), who regrouped from Wednesday night's loss to Duke on a last-second 3-pointer.

NO. 7 KANSAS 81, OKLA. ST. 66: Jeff Withey had 18 points and a career-best 20 rebounds and Thomas Robinson 24 points and 14 boards for the host Jayhawks (20-5, 10-2 Big 12), who wasted most of a 29-point second-half cushion before pulling away.

NO. 9 MURRAY ST. 82, AUSTIN PEAY 63: Isaiah Canaan had 23 points and six assists as the host Racers (24-1, 12-1 OVC) bounced back from their first loss.

NO. 10 DUKE 73, MARYLAND 55: Miles Plumlee had a career-high 22 rebounds for the host Blue Devils (21-4, 8-2 ACC), becoming the first Duke player with 20 since Elton Brand in 1998.

NO. 14 UNLV 65, NO. 13 SAN DIEGO ST. 63: Mike Moser scored 19 and made a steal that set up the go-ahead shot for the host Runnin' Rebels (22-4, 6-2 Mountain West), who had several defensive stops in the final minute against the Aztecs (20-4, 6-2).

WICHITA ST. 89, NO. 17 CREIGHTON 68: The visiting Shockers moved closer to the Missouri Valley regular-season title, handing the Bluejays (21-5, 11-4) their third straight loss.

NO. 18 MARQUETTE 95, CINCINNATI 78: Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder scored 23 each for the host Golden Eagles (21-5, 10-3 Big East), who have won nine of their past 10.

GEORGIA 70, NO. 20 MISS. ST. 68, OT: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 and hit a crucial 3 late in overtime as Georgia upset Mississippi State (19-6, 6-4 SEC) for its first conference road win.

NO. 24 L'VILLE 77, W. VA. 74: Kyle Kuric scored 17 to lead five players in double figures for the visiting Cardinals (20-5, 8-4 Big East), who finished with a 13-3 run.

PRINCETON 70, NO. 25 HARVARD 62: Ian Hummer had 20 points for the host Tigers, who kept the Crimson (21-3, 7-1) from going 8-0 in the Ivy League for the first time.

ALABAMA: Days after suspending forward Tony Mitchell indefinitely, coach Anthony Grant suspended starters JaMychal Green, Andrew Steele and Trevor Releford. No explanation was given.

LIPSCOMB: Senior guard Jordan Burgason, Division I's top 3-point shooter at 52.6 percent, was kicked out of school for an unspecified violation of team rules.

State

SO. MISS 78, UCF 74: Jonathan Mills scored 18 for the host Golden Eagles, who rallied past the Knights (18-7, 7-4 C-USA) with a 14-6 second-half run.

NOVA SE 61, TAMPA 44: The visiting Spartans (6-17, 2-11 Sunshine State) missed all 10 3-pointers in the second half and were swept in the season series.

ECKERD 78, P.B. ATLANTIC 68: Lance Kearse had 20 points to lead four players in double figures for the host Tritons (17-5).

SAINT LEO 71, ROLLINS 45: Trent Thomas had 20 points and reserve Regis Schafer had 17 in 21 minutes as the visiting Lions (12-10, 6-6 SSC) held the Tars to 28.9 percent shooting.

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