Michigan State pounds rival Michigan

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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.

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Michigan State's Gary Harris drives against Michigan's Bella Sibedwo during the second half. Harris led Michigan State with 17 points in a 75-52 victory on Tuesday.   AL GOLDIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Michigan State's Gary Harris drives against Michigan's Bella Sibedwo during the second half. Harris led Michigan State with 17 points in a 75-52 victory on Tuesday.

The Spartans (21-4, 10-2 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie in the conference with No. 1 Indiana, which plays at Michigan State next Tuesday.

The Wolverines (21-4, 8-4) have lost three of four.

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. The game was so lopsided that both coaches filled the court with reserves during the final minutes.

Trey Burke scored 18 points for the Wolverines

NO. 7 FLORIDA 69, NO. 25 KENTUCKY 52

In Gainesville, Fla., Scottie Wilbekin had 14 points and eight assists, Pat Young recorded his sixth double-double of the season and Florida (20-3, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) handled Kentucky (17-7, 8-3).

Young finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks as the Gators snapped a five-game losing streak in the series, and coach Billy Donovan improved to 2-7 against Kentucky’s John Calipari.

The Wildcats lost for the first time in six games, and it might have been costly.

Nerlens Noel, the nation’s leading shot-blocker, injured his left knee in the second half and did not return. He screamed in pain as trainers rushed to his side. Teammates carried him to the locker room for tests.

Willie Cauley-Stein and Julius Mays led Kentucky with 10 points apiece.

VIRGINIA 73, VIRGINIA TECH 55

In Charlottesville, Va., Joe Harris scored a career-high 26 points and Virginia (18-6, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) held national scoring leader Erick Green without a field goal into the second half to sweep the season series with Virginia Tech (11-13, 2-9).

Harris matched his career high with five 3-pointers, all in the first half, and Akil Mitchell added 17 points for the Cavaliers, who won their third game in a row.

Green, who came in averaging 25.3 points, missed his first nine field goal tries and had just one point at halftime as the Hokies lost their seventh in a row. He made his first field goal, a 3-pointer, with 16:26 to play and finished with 22 points, but on just 4 for 17 shooting.

He scored 35 points in the teams’ first meeting, a 74-58 Virginia victory on Jan. 24.


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