Spartans, Wildcats take rivalry games
No. 10 Michigan State got revenge on No. 22 Michigan (recap) and Northwestern did the same against Illinois (recap) in intrastate rivalries Sunday afternoon. In other action, Minnesota topped Nebraska (recap). Catch up on all three games on our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Keep up with all the best highlights from across the Big Ten with our Did You See This? archive.
FINAL: Draymond Green scored 14 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and handed out four assists to help No. 10 Michigan State past No. 22 Michigan 64-54 on Sunday at the Breslin Center. Keith Appling was 3-of-5 from the floor and chipped in 10 points for Michigan State (18-5). The Spartans hit 52 percent of their field goals (24-of-46) and grabbed 12 offensive boards. The Spartans also got a double-digit contribution from Branden Dawson, who scored 10. Zack Novak scored 14 points, grabbed three rebounds, went 5-of-8 from the field, and shot 3-of-5 from long range for Michigan (17-7). Michigan also got solid contributions from Jordan Morgan and Trey Burke, who each scored 11. Winning the battle on the boards was crucial for Michigan State as it grabbed 39 rebounds to 15 for the Wolverines. The Spartans never trailed in the game and their largest lead was 17, which came with 2:46 to go.
HALFTIME: Draymond Green and Brandon Wood have teamed up to give No. 10 Michigan State a 30-22 lead over No. 22 Michigan. Green scored six points, grabbed six rebounds and had three assists, while Wood added six points and four assists. The Spartans controlled the boards, outrebounding the Wolverines 16-6 in the first half. Michigan State led from the start and led by as many as 14 points. The Spartans, who had eight players score, distributed the ball well, with 10 assists on 13 field goals in the first half. Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan’s leading scorer, has been held scoreless. The Wolverines’ Zack Novak had a big first half, with eight points.
FINAL: Minnesota took control of the game in the second half and captured a 69-61 victory over Nebraska on Sunday. Minnesota (17-7) trailed 35-32 early in the second half, but went on a 16-4 run over the next 9:21 to take a nine-point lead. Neither team could seize control of the game, as there were 10 lead changes. Bo Spencer had a good game for Nebraska (11-11) in defeat with 18 points, three rebounds, and five assists. Chip Armelin sparked the Golden Gophers, as he scored 15 points, corralled four rebounds, had three assists, and knocked down 7-of-11 shot attempts. Julian Welch shot 3-of-5 from the field and scored 10 points for Minnesota. The Golden Gophers shot 54 percent from the field (27-of-50), including 41 percent from downtown (7-of-17). The Golden Gophers crashed the offensive glass effectively, grabbing 11 offensive boards. The Cornhuskers also got solid contributions from Brandon Richardson, who scored 10 and Toney McCray, who scored 15. Winning the rebounding battle was a key to victory for Minnesota as it outrebounded Nebraska 29-18.
HALFTIME: Minnesota is dominating the rebounding battle so far, with a 15-8 margin, although Nebraska owns a 33-32 lead at the half. Neither team has been able to take control of the game as the lead changed hands eight times. The game was tied at 11 before Minnesota went into a funk, going the next 2:30 without scoring, and allowing the Cornhuskers to take a 19-11 lead with 9:59 to go in the half. Nebraska has been effective inside, making 9-of-12 two-point field goals. Nebraska has limited Minnesota star Rodney Williams to two points. Minnesota goes into the break with the offensive rebounding advantage, with seven to the Cornhuskers’ one. Ten Minnesota players have scored. Brandon Richardson led the way for Nebraska in the first half, with eight points. Minnesota’s Joe Coleman has two points and five rebounds.
FINAL: John Shurna scored 24 points and grabbed three rebounds and Reggie Hearn added 20 points as they teamed up to lead Northwestern to a 74-70 victory over Illinois on Sunday at Assembly Hall. Meyers Leonard stuffed the statsheet for Illinois (16-7) in the loss, with 21 points and nine rebounds. Northwestern (14-8) hit 60 percent of its field goals (29-of-48), including 40 percent from beyond the arc (8-of-20). Northwestern also got double-digit efforts from Dave Sobolewski (14) and Drew Crawford (13). The Fighting Illini shot 54 percent from the field (26-of-48) and were 46 percent from downtown (11-of-24). The Fighting Illini also got double-digit contributions from Brandon Paul (22) and Joseph Bertrand (12).
HALFTIME: Reggie Hearn scored 16 points for Northwestern in the first half to carry the Wildcats to a 36-33 lead over Illinois. Northwestern never trailed in the first half and led by as many as nine points. The Fighting Illini moved the ball in the first half, accounting for 10 assists on 13 field goals. Illinois’ Meyers Leonard already has 12 points and five rebounds.
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