EAST LANSING, Mich. – Gary Harris scored 17 points and Derrick Nix had 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 in the conference with No. 1 Indiana.
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.
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 half. The game was so lopsided that both coaches filled the court with reserves during the final minutes.
Trey Burke scored 18 points for the Wolverines.
No. 7 FLORIDA 69, No. 25 KENTUCKY 52: In Gainesville, Fla., Scottie Wilbekin had 14 points and eight assists and Pat Young recorded his sixth double-double of the season to help the Gators (20-3, 10-1 SEC) snap a five-game losing streak in the series.
The Wildcats (17-7, 8-3) lost for the first time in six games, and it may have been costly. Nerlens Noel, the nation’s leading shot blocker, injured his left knee in the second half and did not return.
He crashed into the basket support, dropped to the ground and started screaming as he clutched his left knee. It may have been his final play of the season.
I’m physically sick right now for him, Kentucky coach John Calipari said. What I’m hoping is it’s not the extreme. I’m hoping it’s some sort of twist, but we don’t know.
MARIAN 68, SAINT FRANCIS 59: In Indianapolis, Saint Francis committed 17 turnovers to Marian’s seven in the Cougars’ loss. Josh Hogan led Saint Francis (17-12, 9-8 Crossroads League), and Scott Kohne had 17. Marian (16-11, 8-9) was led by Nick Achille’s 17.
HUNTINGTON 82, GOSHEN 70: In Goshen, Shane Merryman scored 35 points on 12-of-21 shooting and T.J. Short added 18 to pace the Foresters (16-13, 7-10 Crossroads League) past Goshen (8-20, 1-16).
GRACE 96, BETHEL 83: In Mishawaka, Grace (20-8, 12-5 Crossroads League) placed five players in double figures, led by Elliot Smith’s 20 points, to defeat Bethel (20-9, 11-6). It was the fourth consecutive loss for Bethel, No. 18 in the NAIA poll.
MISSOURI STATE 67, INDIANA STATE 65: In Springfield, Mo., Marcus Marshall capped a 19-point performance with two free throws with 8 seconds left to lead the Bears (8-18, 6-8 Missouri Valley). Jake Odum led the Sycamores (16-9, 9-5) with 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
VALPARAISO 68, WRIGHT STATE 61: In Dayton, Kevin Van Wijk scored 20 points with nine rebounds as Horizon League leader Valparaiso held off the Raiders. The Crusaders (20-6, 10-2) have won four straight and 10 of their last 11. A.J. Pacher scored a career-high 23 points off the bench for the Raiders (17-9, 8-5)
No. 1 BAYLOR 89, TEXAS TECH 47: In Waco, Texas, 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 consecutive home game. Chynna Brown had 15 points to lead Texas Tech (18-7, 8-5).
No. 3 CONNECTICUT 105, PROVIDENCE 49: In Providence, R.I., Kaleena Mosqueda Lewis scored 17 points and Kelly Faris added 16 to the Huskies (23-1, 10-1 Big East) past the Fryers (7-17, 2-9).
No. 23 SYRACUSE 69, GEORGETOWN 60: In Washington, Brianna Butler scored 16 points and Kayla Alexander had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Orange (20-3, 8-2 Big East) past the Hoyas (13-11, 4-7).