The Journal Gazette
Monday, February 25, 2019 1:00 am

College basketball

Spartans top rival, grab Big Ten lead

Associated press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Underestimate Tom Izzo and Michigan State at your peril.

The Spartans are plenty dangerous – even when they're short-handed and playing on the road against a highly ranked rival.

Cassius Winston had 27 points and eight assists, and 10th-ranked Michigan State moved into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten with a 77-70 victory over No. 7 Michigan on Sunday.

Kenny Goins had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Xavier Tillman added 14 points for the Spartans, who snapped Michigan's 22-game winning streak at Crisler Center despite being without two of their top three scorers.

“I don't need to be an underdog anymore – those days are over,” said Izzo, who moved within three victories of 600 as Michigan State's coach. “I don't need to have anybody feel sorry for us. Those days are over. Doesn't matter, nobody cares – put a jersey on a kid and he goes.”

Joshua Langford is out for the season, and Nick Ward is recovering from a broken hand, but Goins and Tillman produced in Ward's absence.

Michigan (24-4, 13-4 Big Ten) led by six early in the second half, but that advantage was short lived. Down 51-45, the Spartans (23-5, 14-3) outscored Michigan 21-7 to take control. The Wolverines shot 2 for 14 from 3-point range in the second half. 


No. OREGON 96, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 78: In Eugene, Oregon, Sabrina Ionescu recorded her NCAA-record 17th triple-double, and Erin Boley had a career-high 32 points as the Ducks snapped a two-game losing streak.

Ionescu finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists to lead Oregon (25-3, 14-2 Pac-12). It also was her seventh triple-double of the season, another NCAA record.

Ruthy Hebard, playing with a brace on her right leg, added 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench after missing one game with a knee injury.

Mariya Moore had 30 points to lead the Trojans (15-12, 5-11). Aliyah Mazyck added 19 and Minyon Moore scored 11.

No. 3 UCONN 68, TULSA 49: In Tulsa, Oklahoma, Megan Walker scored 21 points and the Huskies, playing without Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma, rolled.

With associate head coach Chris Dailey filling in for Auriemma, who is ill, UConn remained undefeated in six seasons in the American Athletic Conference.

It was the first time that Auriemma, in his 34th season as the Huskies coach, had missed a game since the 1997 Big East Tournament.

UConn is 99-0 in American Athletic Conference regular-season games and 114-0 overall since joining before the 2013-14 season.

No. 4 LOUISVILLE 87, BOSTON COLLEGE 51: In Louisville, Kentucky, Asia Durr scored 23 points to lead the Cardinals.

Durr hit 6 of 11 shots and 10 of 13 free throws in notching her 15th 20-point game of the season for Louisville (25-2, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Kylee Shook added 14.

Sydney Lowrey's 12 points led the Eagles (14-14, 3-12).

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