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Wolverines prove they're the class of the Big Ten

EAST LANSING, Mich. — With some swagger and a sweet stroke, Nik Stauskas lifted Michigan to a rare win at Michigan State.

Stauskas made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:12 left and finished with 19 points to lead the 21st-ranked Wolverines to an 80-75 win over the third-ranked Spartans on Saturday night, making Michigan the only team without a Big Ten loss.

The sophomore shooting guard had four assists and unofficially had another one, separating coach John Beilein from a face-to-face argument with an official with 4:01 remaining.

"He was about to get a technical," Stauskas said.

Stauskas helped the usually mild-mannered Beilein from saying or doing something that might have cost his team points just before the Wolverines (15-4, 7-0 Big Ten) went on a 10-0 run late in the game to take control.

"That's a great step in his leadership," Beilein said with a grin.

The Wolverines won for just the second time in 15 games at the Breslin Center.

Michigan is the first team since at least the 1996-97 season to win three straight games against top-10 teams in the regular season, according to STATS. The Wolverines, who had never pulled off that feat, were coming off a win against No. 10 Iowa at home after beating then-No. 3 Wisconsin on the road.

"This is a great win for us because of who we were just able to beat," Beilein said. "It's one of the classiest, best programs in the country."

Freshman Derrick Walton scored a season-high 19 and Caris LeVert had 17 for the Wolverines, who have won nine straight without standout center Mitch McGary.

The Spartans (18-2, 7-1) had won 11 straight since losing to North Carolina at home, but the streak was snapped soon after another injury-related setback.

"The better team won," coach Tom Izzo acknowledged.

Adreian Payne missed a fifth straight game with a sprained right foot and Branden Dawson was out for the first time since the junior forward said he broke his right hand hitting a table.

Michigan, though, didn't have any sympathy.

The Wolverines, who lost Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway early to the NBA, have been playing without McGary, who had back surgery, since losing to No. 1 Arizona in a closely contested game.

NO. 2 SYRACUSE 64, Miami 52: The visiting Orange (19-0, 6-0 ACC) held the Hurricanes without a basket for 7½ minutes down the stretch and made 8 of 8 free throws in the final minute.

NO. 4 VILLANOVA 94, MARQUETTE 85, OT: Ryan Arcidiacono had 20 points and 11 assists and scored six in overtime for the visiting Wildcats (17-2, 6-1 Big East) after a frenzied finish to regulation.

NO. 5 WICHITA ST. 78, DRAKE 61: Cleanthony Early scored 19 and Ron Baker 14 for the visiting Shockers (21-0, 8-0 MVC), who outscored the Bulldogs 28-15 to open the second half.

NO. 8 KANSAS 91, TCU 69: Andrew Wiggins scored 19 of his career-high 27 in the first half as the visiting Jayhawks (15-4, 6-0 Big 12) won their sixth straight.

NO. 9 WIS. 72, PURDUE 58: Sam Dekker and Traevon Jackson scored 15 each to help the visiting Badgers (17-3, 4-3 Big Ten) end a three-game losing streak.

NO. 10 IOWA 76, N'WESTERN 50: Roy Devyn Marble had 14 points for the visiting Hawkeyes (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten), who never trailed and avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this season.

NO. 11 OKLA. ST. 81, W. VA. 75: LeBryan Nash had a career-high 29 points and added nine rebounds for the host Cowboys (16-3, 4-2 Big 12), who swept the season series.

NO. 14 KENTUCKY 79, GEORGIA 54: Aaron Harrison had 15 points and Julius Randle 14 points as the host Wildcats (15-4, 5-1 SEC) won their third straight.

NO. 16 IOWA ST. 81, NO. 22 KANSAS ST. 75: Melvin Ejim had 20 points for the host Cyclones (15-3, 3-3 Big 12), who snapped a three-game losing streak. The Wildcats (14-6, 4-3) have lost consecutive games for the first time since November.

NO. 20 PITT 83, MARYLAND 79: Lamar Patterson scored 28 for the visiting Panthers (18-2, 6-1 ACC), who never trailed in the second half and completed its first regular-season sweep as a member of the conference.

TEXAS 74, NO. 24 BAYLOR 60: Freshman guard Isaiah Taylor scored a career-high 27 for the visiting Longhorns, who won their fifth straight and handed the Bears (13-6, 1-5 Big 12) their fourth straight loss.

NO. 25 OKLA. 74, TEXAS TECH 65: Buddy Hield scored 18, 12 on 3-pointers, to lead the visiting Sooners (16-4, 5-2 Big 12).

B-CU 69, MD.-EASTERN SHORE 63: Malik Jackson scored a career-high 27 for the host Wildcats (3-19, 1-6 MEAC), who snapped a 17-game losing streak.

HOWARD 69, FAMU 62: James Daniel scored 31 for the visiting Bison, who held the Rattlers (7-13, 3-4 MEAC) to 18-of-50 shooting from the floor.

NOVA SE 94, TAMPA 65: Da'Markco Foster had 29 points and eight rebounds for the host Spartans (11-6, 4-4 Sunshine State), but the Sharks shot 62 percent from the field and 64 percent from 3-point range.

ECKERD 79, FLA. TECH 75: Jerrick Stevenson had 27 points for the visiting Tritons (10-8, 3-4 SSC), including a 3-pointer with 1:43 left that broke the 12th and final tie.

SAINT LEO 78, LYNN 64: Jerrel Harris had 23 points and made 16 of 17 free throws to lead the visiting Lions (16-4, 4-3 SSC).

MINNESOTA: Shooting guard Andre Hollins, the team's leading scorer, will miss at least two games with a sprained left ankle.


TEXAS 66, NO. 18 W. VA. 63: Nneka Enemkpali scored 15 for the host Longorns, who out-rebounded the Mountaineers (17-3, 6-2 Big 12) 46-27.

NO. 20 IOWA ST. 85, TEXAS TECH 76, OT: Nikki Moody and Hallie Christofferson had 20 points each for the visiting Cyclones (15-4, 4-4 Big 12), who snapped a four-game losing streak.

NO. 25 GONZAGA 69, Pepperdine 39: Lindsay Sherbert came off the bench to score 16 for the visiting Bulldogs (18-3, 8-1 WCC), who allowed fewer than 40 points for the third time and won their eighth straight.

TAMPA 71, NOVA SE 60: Illyssa Vivo had 21 points and Shamika Williams added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the host Spartans (12-5, 6-2 SSC), who dropped the Sharks, third-ranked in Division II, to 15-1, 6-1.

FLA. TECH 64, ECKERD 61, OT: The host Panthers used a 6-1 run in overtime to hold off the Tritons (7-9, 1-6 SSC), who tied the score for the 15th time on Amy Buccilla's free throw with 13 seconds left in regulation.

SAINT LEO 79, LYNN 52: Ashlin Gross had 13 points and 10 players scored for the visiting Lions (14-3, 5-2 SSC), who clinched the second winning regular season in program history.

COACHING MILESTONES: Chattanooga's Jim Foster earned his 800th career victory as his host Mocs defeated Samford 63-50. … Bentley coach Barbara Stevens earned her 900th victory when the Division II Falcons beat visiting Saint Anselm 98-80.

Wolverines prove they're the class of the Big Ten 01/25/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 25, 2014 11:43pm]
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