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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, January 14, 2018 1:00 am

Big Ten/Top 25

Wolverines upset No. 4 Spartans

Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Moritz Wagner scored a career-high 27 points, lifting Michigan to an 82-72 victory over No. 4 Michigan State. The Wolverines (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten) have won eight of nine games this season and two straight against their rivals.

The Spartans (16-3, 4-2) are struggling, losing two of three games with an overtime win over Rutgers in between the setbacks.

Zavier Simpson made a go-ahead layup with 14:28 left, the 13th lead change in an intense game with 11 ties. He helped the Wolverines pull away in the final minutes with enough free throws to keep a cushion.

Men

No. 1 VILLANOVA 78, ST. JOHN'S 71: In New York, Donte DiVincenzo hit six 3-pointers and scored 25 points to help the Wildcats silence a rowdy New York crowd and hold off upset-minded St. John's.

No. 8 TEXAS TECH 72, No. 2 WEST VIRGINIA 71: In Lubbock, Texas, Keenan Evans scored 20 points, Brandone Francis had a career-high 17 and No. 8 Texas Tech won the first-ever Top 10 matchup on its home court. The Mountaineers had their nation-leading 15-game winning streak stopped. Jevon Carter scored 28 points – one off his career high – for West Virginia (15-2, 4-1).

Women

No. 1 UCONN 95, HOUSTON 35: In Houston, Azura Stevens had 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench to lead four players in double-figures scoring, and top-ranked UConn used a strong defensive effort in the rout. Katie Lou Samuelson and Kia Nurse each scored 17 points and Crystal Dangerfield chipped in 11 for the Huskies (15-0, 5-0 American), which forced Houston (14-5, 3-2) into 28 turnovers.

No. 10 OHIO STATE 77, INDIANA 62: In Bloomington, Stephanie Mavunga had 20 points and 18 rebounds to lead Ohio State to a victory over Indiana. Mavunga, the 2013 Indiana Miss Basketball from Brownsburg, sank 6 of 12 shots and 8 of 11 free throws. Linnae Harper chipped in with 19 points and Kelsey Mitchell added 15 points for the Buckeyes (16-2, 5-0 Big Ten). Jaelynn Penn scored 20 points to lead the Hoosiers (8-11, 1-5).

PURDUE 76, No. 18 IOWA 70: In Iowa City, Iowa, Andreona Keys scored 22 of her career-high 34 points in the second half and Purdue knocked off its second straight ranked opponent, beating Iowa. Dominique Oden added 16 points and Karissa McLaughlin 15, 12 in the second half, for the Boilermakers (12-7, 3-2 Big Ten).

No. 21 RUTGERS 80, MINNESOTA 70, OT: In Piscataway, New Jersey, Tyler Scaife scored 25 points, Stasha Carey added 23 and the pair combined for all 12 Rutgers points in overtime to lift the Scarlet Knights. Carlie Wagner, who had five 3-pointers, and Destiny Pitts, who hit a 3 from the left corner with 14.8 seconds left in regulation for the extra sessions, both had 22 points for the Golden Gophers.

No. 23 MICHIGAN 69, NEBRASKA 64, OT: In Lincoln, Nebraska, Katelynn Flaherty got 24 points and set a career scoring record to lead the Wolverines. Flaherty was 8 of 16 from the field, including four 3-pointers, and hit all four of her free throws to become the highest-scoring Michigan player in program history.