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Thursday, January 03, 2019 1:00 am

College basketball

Spartans seize control from start

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Nick Ward scored all 21 of his points in the first half to help No. 8 Michigan State build a big lead and it went on to beat Northwestern 81-55 Wednesday night.

The Spartans (12-2, 3-0 Big Ten) have won seven straight this season and 10 consecutive games against the Wildcats. Northwestern (9-5, 0-3) had won three of four, losing only to No. 23 Oklahoma in overtime.

Michigan State made up for the loss of shooting guard Joshua Langford, who missed the game with an injured left ankle, with five players scoring in double figures. Cassius Winston had 13 points and matched a career high with 12 assists while Xavier Tillman equaled his career high with 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Kyle Ahrens scored 11, and Matt McQuaid added 10.

Northwestern's Derek Pardon scored 19 points and didn't have much help as the only player in double digits on his team. Vic Law, who entered the game averaging a team-high 18.9 points for the Wildcats, had just five points on 2-of-8 shooting.

Ward was 9 of 14 from the field and 3 of 6 from the line in the first half, scoring 21 points to lift the Spartans to a 52-32 lead at halftime. They closed the half with a 26-8 run.

Michigan State led by 30-plus points at times in the second half and coasted to an easy victory.

INDIANA TECH 74, AQUINAS 64: At the Schaefer Center, Indiana Tech faced a 14-point halftime deficit before shooting 68.2 percent in the second half to take control of the game. Josh Kline came off the bench to go 4 for 4 from the field and hit 10 of 11 free throws for 18 points for the Warriors (11-7, WHAC 7-1). Max Huber added 13 points and nine rebounds.

MANCHESTER 96, FRANKLIN 86: In North Manchester, Adrian Johnson's 32 points and Cornell Hampton's 25 led the Spartans to a conference win. Manchester (5-7, HCAC 2-3) forced 20 Franklin turnovers and, despite giving up a wide rebound margin, the Spartans dominated scoring in the paint with 54 points.

GRACE 100, GREAT LAKES CHRISTIAN 92: In Lansing, Mich., Charlie Warner and Haden Deaton each scored 26 and Eddie Gill IV had a triple-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as the Lancers shot 51.1 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from beyond the 3-point line. Trailing 48-47 at halftime, Grace (11-6) shot 56.7 percent from the field in the second half (4 of 5 on 3s). Logan Godfrey had 22 points for Grace.

GEORGETOWN 84, BUTLER 76: In Indianapolis, Greg Malinowski was a career-best 6 of 7 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 26 points as the Hoyas opened Big East Conference play with a road win. Jessie Govan added 17 points and Josh LeBlanc and James Akinjo each contributed 12 for Georgetown (11-3). Kamar Baldwin scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Butler (9-5).

MARYLAND 74, No. 24 NEBRASKA 72: In College Park, Md., Jalen Smith made a driving layup with 3.8 seconds left to break a tie as the Terrapins used a late push to get the win. Bruno Fernando had 18 points and 17 rebounds and Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 19 for Maryland (11-3, 2-1 Big Ten). James Palmer scored 26 points and Glynn Watson Jr. added 12 for the Cornhuskers (11-3, 1-2), whose four-game winning streak ended.


INDIANA TECH 67, AQUINAS 55: At the Schaefer Center, trailing by eight at halftime, the Warriors outscored the Saints 25-9 in the third quarter to roll to their 15th straight win. Guard Alexis Hill led four players in double figures for Tech (16-1, 8-0 WHAC) with 17 points and seven rebounds. Kendall Knapke had 15 points and six rebounds, DeAnn Kaufman had 13 points and Bella Lozano-Dobbs added 11.

TRINE 73, HOPE 61: In Holland, Mich., Brandi Dawson went 9 of 14 from the floor for a game-high 21 points in the Thunder's win. Trine (11-2, MIAA 4-0) shot 50.9 percent from the floor and held Hope to 35.4 percent. The Thunder hit 8 of 18 3-point attempts while Hope hit just 5 of 22. Montana Martin scored 11 points and Cassidy Williams added on 10.

FRANKLIN 74, MANCHESTER 63: In North Manchester, Faith-Alexis Graham led the Spartans (2-10, HCAC 0-5) with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, but Manchester couldn't overcome scoring just six points in the first quarter. Franklin outrebounded Manchester 50-31. The Spartans did force 22 Franklin turnovers, resulting in 17 points.

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