B1G hoops recap: Michigan takes over first place
The Big Ten’s final two unbeatens met Saturday night at the Breslin Center, and it was No. 21 Michigan upsetting No. 3 Michigan State to take over sole possession of first place. In other Big Ten action, No. 10 Iowa rolled past Northwestern and No. 9 Wisconsin took down Purdue. Catch up on all the action and the best highlights in this post.
MICHIGAN 80, MICHIGAN STATE 75 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Nik Stauskas made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:12 left and finished with 19 points and freshman Derrick Walton Jr. scored a season-high 19, lifting No. 21 Michigan to an 80-75 win over No. 3 Michigan State on Saturday night to remain the only Big Ten team without a conference loss. The Wolverines (15-4, 7-0 Big Ten) went on a 10-0 run late in the game to take control and held on to win for just the second time in 15 games at the Breslin Center. The Spartans (18-2, 7-1) had won 11 straight since losing to North Carolina at home.
WISCONSIN 72, PURDUE 58 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Sam Dekker and Traevon Jackson each scored 15 points Saturday, helping No. 9 Wisconsin end its three-game losing streak with a 72-58 victory at Purdue. The Badgers (17-3, 4-3 Big Ten) won for the first time since starting 16-0. It was only their fourth win ever at Mackey Arena. Terone Johnson and Bryson Scott each had 10 points to lead Purdue, but the Boilermakers (13-7, 3-4) lost their second straight.
IOWA 76, NORTHWESTERN 50 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Devyn Marble scored 14 points and No. 10 Iowa never trailed, beating Northwestern 76-50 on Saturday. Gabriel Olaseni had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Gesell added 11 points for the Hawkeyes (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten), who shot 51.9 percent from the field (28 of 54) and won their fourth in five games. Iowa, which outrebounded Northwestern 44-20, had nine players score. Marble, Iowa’s leading scorer, didn’t make his first field goal until 3:08 into the second half. Drew Crawford had 20 points for Northwestern (10-11, 3-5), which had won three of four.