Top 25: Spartans win battle of top 10s

2013-02-13T00:00:00Z Top 25: Spartans win battle of top 10sThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Gary Harris scored 17 points and Derrick Nix had 14 to help No. 8 Michigan State rout No. 4 Michigan 75-52 on Tuesday night, the rivalry's first matchup of top 10 teams.

The Spartans (21-4, 10-2 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie in the conference with No. 1 Indiana.

The Wolverines (21-4, 8-4) have lost three of four, but the closely contested setbacks on the road against the Hoosiers and Wisconsin were nothing like the latest.

Michigan State didn't trail once, led by as many as 16 points in the first half and enjoyed 30-point leads in the second half.

Trey Burke scored 18 points for the Wolverines.

No. 7 Florida 69, No. 25 Kentucky 52: In Gaines-ville, Fla., Scottie Wilbekin had 14 points and eight assists, and Pat Young recorded his sixth double-double of the season for the Gators.

The Gators (20-3, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) snapped a five-game losing streak in the series, and coach Billy Donovan improved to 2-7 against Kentucky's John Calipari.

The Wildcats (17-7, 8-3) lost for the first time in six games, and it may have been costly.

Nerlens Noel, the nation's leading shot-blocker, injured his left knee in the second half and did not return. Noel, a freshman, averages 10.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.5 blocks a game for the defending national champions.


• No. 3 UConn 105, Providence 49: In Providence, R.I., Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 17 points and Kelly Faris added 16 to lead UConn. It was the Huskies fourth 100-point game this season.

Faris, who was making her 100th consecutive start, hit six of her eight shots and added six rebounds and five assists.

Mosqueda-Lewis, the nation's leading three-point shooter, had three more for the Huskies (23-1, 10-1), who had six players in double figures. Brianna Edwards had 17 points to lead Providence (7-17, 2-9), and Tori Rule added 11.

• No. 23 Syracuse 69, Georgetown 60: In Washington, D.C., Brianna Butler scored 16 points and Kayla Alexander had 13 points and 10 rebounds as Syracuse pulled ahead with a 20-4 second-half run.

The Orange (20-3, 8-2) held Sugar Rodgers, the nation's second-leading scorer at 23.2 points per game, to eight points on 1-of-12 shooting.

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