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Spartans move Duke into view

After a slow start, Michigan State’s Durrell Summers, right, scores 21 against Zac Swansey and Tennessee Tech.

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After a slow start, Michigan State’s Durrell Summers, right, scores 21 against Zac Swansey and Tennessee Tech.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — After his Spartans posted an 18-point victory, coach Tom Izzo started his news conference by listing all the things his team did wrong. Sounds like a man who is about to play Duke.

"I'm going to go to sleep tonight thinking about turnovers," Izzo said. "The turnovers and the missed free throws are concerning; very disappointed in our guard play early. … We can use all the million excuses about looking ahead or travel, but I'm very disappointed."

Durrell Summers scored 21, and No. 2 Michigan State beat Tennessee Tech 73-55 Sunday, but with a trip to play top-ranked Duke up next, Izzo saw plenty that concerned him.

The Spartans will likely drop in the rankings before taking on the host Blue Devils on Wednesday. Michigan State lost to Connecticut earlier this week at the Maui Invitational, and although the Spartans bounced back with a victory over Washington, they remain a work in progress.

Michigan State (5-1) turned the ball over 17 times and went 9-of-16 from the free-throw line against the Golden Eagles (0-3) of the Ohio Valley Conference. Izzo also wasn't pleased with his team's attention to rebounding.

"I don't think this team respects that," Izzo said. "Hopefully we're going to be able to watch some film and show them what it's costing us, but that's why this is a good game Wednesday, because if we do learn to respect it, we'll play well. If we don't learn to respect it, we'll get embarrassed."

After a sloppy start, Michigan State went on a brief run near the end of the first half. Summers threw down an alley-oop dunk while drawing a foul, then made the free throw for a 21-16 lead. Moments later, Adreian Payne's one-handed dunk put the Spartans ahead by nine.

No. 11 Missouri 91, Ark. Pine-Bluff 63: Kim English scored a season-high 18 as the host Tigers (5-0) rolled.

Texas A&M 54, No. 21 Temple 51: David Loubeau scored 13, Naji Hibbert added 12 and the Aggies (5-1) toppled the Owls (3-2) in the consolation bracket of the Old Classic Spice at Lake Buena Vista.

No. 25 UNC 74, Col. of Charleston 69: Former Sickles High standout John Henson scored a career-high 19 and ignited the decisive second-half run as the host Tar Heels (4-2) rallied from a five-point deficit midway through the second half. The 6-10 sophomore forward also had seven rebounds and two blocks. "Earlier this week, I talked with (coach Roy Williams) a little bit," Henson said. "He said, 'Just play within in the flow and let things come to you,' because we both felt like I was forcing things a little bit."

Notre Dame 58, Wisconsin 51: Carleton Scott and Eric Atkins scored 12 apiece as the Irish (7-0) beat the Badgers to claim the Old Spice Classic championship game at Lake Buena Vista.

Stanford: Guard Jeremy Green was taken to a hospital after collapsing following an 81-74 win over DePaul. The school's sports information department said Green, who had been fighting a stomach virus, felt dizzy and had stomach pain. He was in stable condition.


No. 1 UConn 81, LSU 51: Maya Moore scored 26 and the host Huskies (6-0) won for the 84th consecutive time, rolling in the final of the World Vision Challenge. The Huskies need four more wins to tie the Division I basketball record set by UCLA's men in the early 1970s. They are on course to get their 88th straight win Dec. 19 vs. Ohio State in New York, and their 89th two days later in Hartford, Conn., vs. Florida State. But first the Huskies visit Tampa to play USF at 7 p.m. Thursday.

No. 2 Baylor 106, SE La. 41: Brittney Griner had a triple double of 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks in just 21 minutes as the host Bears (7-1) dominated.

No. 3 Stanford 93, No. 16 Texas 78: Kayla Pedersen had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the host Cardinal (5-0) held off the Longhorns (4-1).

No. 7 Ohio St. 88, NC Wilmington 69: Jantel Lavender scored 25 to lead the host Buckeyes (5-0).

No. 11 Okla. 78, Prairie View 55: Danielle Robinson scored 26 as the host Sooners (5-0) pulled away to win the Basketball Travelers Invitational.

No. 13 UCLA 71, Temple 61: Darxia Morris and Markel Walker scored 15 each to lead the host Bruins (5-0).

No. 18 Notre Dame 85, Butler 54: Natalie Novosel scored 20 as the host Irish (5-2) won the WBAC Tournament.

No. 24 Vandy 74, Princeton 68: Hannah Tuomi scored 16 as the host Commodores (4-1) stayed unbeaten in their 12-year-old Thanksgiving tournament.

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