Michigan, MSU, Ohio State share Big Ten crown
The Big Ten men’s hoops season finishes with a three-way tie atop the Big Ten standings, this after 16 Michigan held off Penn State (recap) and No. 11 Ohio State upset No. 5 Michigan State (recap) on Sunday, giving Michigan and Ohio State a piece of the crown that Michigan State was trying to win outright. In other action, No. 20 Indiana swept Purdue (recap) and No. 15 Wisconsin put away Illinois (recap). Catch up on all four games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post.
FINAL: Trey Burke scored 19 points and Evan Smotrycz added 17 to lead No. 16 Michigan to a 71-65 victory over Penn State on Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center. Jermaine Marshall was a bright spot for Penn State (12-19) in the loss with 25 points and seven rebounds. Michigan (23-8) hit 60 percent of its field goals (25-of-42), including 56 percent from downtown (10-of-18). The Wolverines also got double-digit contributions from Tim Hardaway Jr. (13) and Zack Novak (11). Ross Travis scored a career-high 15 points for the Nittany Lions, who snatched 15 offensive rebounds. The Nittany Lions also got a double-digit performance from Tim Frazier, who scored 11.
HALFTIME: Evan Smotrycz and Stu Douglass have teamed up to give No. 16 Michigan a 39-28 lead over Penn State. Smotrycz scored 12 points and shot 4-of-5 from the field, while Douglass added seven points, four assists and hit all three of his shots from the field. Michigan was leading 31-21 when it used an 8-0 spurt to widen its advantage to an 18-point margin. Penn State had seven offensive rebounds in the first half, leading to second-chance opportunities. The Wolverines hit seven threes in the first half, shooting 70 percent from deep. Jermaine Marshall paces the Nittany Lions with a game-high 11 points.
FINAL: Josh Gasser scored 16 points and pulled down eight boards to lead No. 15 Wisconsin to a 70-56 win over Illinois on Sunday at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin (23-8) started the game out strong with a 14-2 run, which allowed it to take a 12-point lead with 14:24 left in the first half. Jordan Taylor (16), Jared Berggren (12) and Ryan Evans (10) also scored in double figures for the Badgers, who recorded 13 assists on 21 baskets. Brandon Paul contributed 22 points, yanked down six rebounds, and had three assists for Illinois (17-14). The Badgers never trailed in the game and their largest lead was 17, which came with 5:56 remaining.
HALFTIME: No. 15 Wisconsin held Illinois’ offense to just six first-half field goals, and the Badgers lead 31-18 at halftime. Wisconsin didn’t trail once in the first half and it also led by as many as 17 points. The game was knotted up when the Fighting Illini went 2:46 without scoring, allowing the Badgers to take a 14-2 lead early in the game. Wisconsin distributed the ball well, with seven assists on 10 field goals in the first half. The Badgers’ Jared Berggren already has five points and four rebounds. Illinois’ Sam Maniscalco has six points.
FINAL: No. 11 Ohio State shocked No. 5 Michigan State on Sunday, pulling the 72-70 upset at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing. The lead changed hands 10 times in a back-and-forth affair. William Buford sparked Ohio State (25-6), as he scored 25 points, hauled in three rebounds and knocked down 8-of-14 shot attempts in the win. Draymond Green was a bright spot for Michigan State (24-7) in the loss, with 19 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. The Buckeyes went 20-of-28 from the charity stripe as a team (71 percent) and had 17 assists on 24 baskets. Jared Sullinger had a double-double for the Buckeyes, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Ohio State also got a double-digit contribution from Deshaun Thomas, who scored 12. Derrick Nix shot 4-of-6 from the field and scored 11 points for the Spartans. Michigan State also got double-digit efforts from Brandon Wood (15) and Keith Appling (11).
HALFTIME: Keith Appling has 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting to lead No. 5 Michigan State to a 38-29 lead over No. 11 Ohio State at the end of the first half. The game was tied 7-7 before the Buckeyes went into a funk and allowed the Spartans to take a 19-7 lead with 13:11 to go in the first half. Seven Michigan State players scored in the half, although Branden Dawson went down with an injury and has not returned. Ohio State demonstrated its offensive efficiency by racking up five assists on seven baskets. Aaron Craft has seven points and three rebounds for the Buckeyes.
FINAL: Christian Watford scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds and Will Sheehey added 16 points and five boards as they teamed up to lead No. 20 Indiana to an 85-74 victory over Purdue on Sunday at Assembly Hall. Indiana (24-7) shot 53 percent from the field (28-of-53), including 56 percent from downtown (10-of-18), and went 19-of-25 from the charity stripe (76 percent). The Hoosiers also got double-digit performances from Cody Zeller (13) and Jordan Hulls (10). Robbie Hummel scored 16 points, pulled down eight rebounds, and went 7-of-12 from the field for Purdue (20-11). Lewis Jackson paced the Boilermakers with 17 points, while Terone Johnson added 13 and Ryne Smith and D.J. Byrd both chipped in 12.
HALFTIME: Christian Watford and Cody Zeller combined for a successful first half as No. 20 Indiana leads 49-34 over Purdue. Watford scored seven points, grabbed four rebounds, and shot 3-of-4 from the field, while Zeller scored six points, grabbed four rebounds and hit all three of his shots. The Hoosiers trailed early in the game when they broke out for an 8-0 run to overtake the Boilermakers and seize a 11-4 lead. Seven Indiana players have scored. Purdue’s Lewis Jackson already has eight points.
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