EAST LANSING, Mich. — With some swagger and a sweet stroke, Nik Stauskas lifted Michigan to a rare win at Michigan State.
Stauskas made a tiebreaking three-pointer with 3:12 left and finished with 19 points to lead the 21st-ranked Wolverines to an 80-75 win over the third-ranked Spartans on Saturday night to remain the only Big Ten team without a conference loss.
The sophomore shooting guard had four assists and unofficially had another one, separating coach John Beilein from a face-to-face argument with an official with 4:01 remaining.
“He was about to get a technical,” Stauskas said.
Stauskas helped the usually mild-mannered Beilein from saying or doing something that might cost his team points just before the Wolverines (15-4, 7-0 Big Ten) went on a 10-0 run late in the game to take control.
“That’s a great step in his leadership,” Beilein said with a grin.
The Wolverines won for just the second time in 15 games at the Breslin Center.
Michigan was coming off a win against No. 10 Iowa at home after beating then-No. 3 Wisconsin on the road.
“This is a great win for us because of who we were just able to beat,” Beilein said. “It’s one of the classiest, best programs in the country.”
Freshman Derrick Walton Jr. scored a season-high 19 and Caris LeVert scored 17 for the Wolverines, who have won nine straight without standout center Mitch McGary.
The Spartans (18-2, 7-1) had won 11 straight since losing to North Carolina at home.
MSU’s Adreian Payne missed a fifth straight game with a sprained right foot and Branden Dawson was out for the first time since the forward said he broke his right hand hitting a table.
No. 2 Syracuse 64, Miami 52: In Coral Gables, Fla., Syracuse (19-0, 6-0 ACC) held Miami without a basket for 7½ minutes down the stretch and made eight consecutive free throws in the final minute to remain unbeaten.
No. 4 Villanova 94, Marquette 85, OT: In Milwaukee, Ryan Arcidiacono had 20 points and 11 assists, for Villanova (17-2, 6-1 Big East).
No. 5 Wichita State 78, Drake 61: In Des Moines, Iowa, Cleanthony Early scored 19 points, Ron Baker added 14 and Wichita State (21-0, 8-0 MVC) won.
No. 6 Florida 67, Tennessee 41: In Gainesville, Fla., Michael Frazier II scored 17 points as Florida (17-2, 6-0 SEC) won its 11th straight.
No. 7 San Diego State vs. Utah State: In Logan, Utah, late.
No. 8 Kansas 91, TCU 69: In Fort Worth, Texas, Andrew Wiggins had 27 points for the Jayhawks (15-4, 6-0 Big 12).
No. 9 Wisconsin 72, Purdue 58: In West Lafayette, Ind., Sam Dekker and Traevon Jackson each scored 15 points as Wisconsin (17-3, 4-3 Big Ten) ended its three-game skid.
No. 10 Iowa 76, Northwestern 50: In Evanston, Ill., Roy Devyn Marble scored 14 points for Iowa (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten).
No. 11 Oklahoma State 81, West Virginia 75: In Stillwater, Okla., LeBryan Nash scored a career-high 29 points and had nine rebounds for Oklahoma State (16-3, 4-2 Big 12).
No. 14 Kentucky 79, Georgia 54: In Lexington, Ky., Aaron Harrison scored 15 points as Kentucky (15-4, 5-1 SEC) won.
No. 16 Iowa State 81, No. 22 Kansas State 75: In Ames, Iowa, Melvin Ejim scored 20 points and Iowa State snapped a three-game losing streak.
No. 18 Duke 78, Florida State 56: In Durham, N.C., Rodney Hood scored 18 points to help Duke (16-4, 5-2 ACC), giving Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski his 900th victory at the school.
No. 20 Pittsburgh 83, Maryland 79: In College Park, Md., Lamar Patterson scored 28 points, and Pitt (18-2, 6-1) won.
Texas 74, No. 24 Baylor 60: In Waco, Texas, freshman guard Isaiah Taylor scored a career-high 27 points for the Longhorns (16-4, 5-2 Big 12).
No. 25 Oklahoma 74, Texas Tech 65: In Lubbock, Texas, Buddy Hield scored 18 points to lead Oklahoma (16-4, 5-2, Big 12).