UM win sets up showdown vs. MSU

NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Published:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Nik Stauskas started the quick flurry with a 3-pointer from the left corner, and that was followed by another familiar sight -- a driving dunk by Glenn Robinson III.

Then Spike Albrecht stepped in front of an inbound pass for a steal and a quick basket -- the latest unexpected contribution from the sophomore who has become such a crowd favorite in Ann Arbor.

"I've seen that in film. They get some long outlet passes for some transitions," Albrecht said. "I just kind of sat there and jumped in."

Stauskas scored 26 points, and No. 21 Michigan held off No. 10 Iowa 75-67 on Wednesday night to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten. Robinson added 14 points for the Wolverines, and Albrecht shined in his first career start, finishing with seven points, seven assists, four steals and no turnovers.

The Wolverines (14-4, 6-0) have won eight straight to set up a showdown in East Lansing on Saturday night with rival Michigan State, the Big Ten's only other unbeaten team in conference play.

Aaron White scored 14 of Iowa's points in a row down the stretch, but it wasn't enough to rally the Hawkeyes (15-4, 4-2) from an 11-point deficit.

"I'm really disappointed in myself, because this is the second game in a row that I haven't shown up until late in the game," White said. "I'm supposed to be one of the top players in this league, but I'm not making an impact until it is too late. I can't allow myself to keep doing that."

White and Melsahn Basabe scored 17 points each for Iowa. Jordan Morgan had 12 for Michigan.

Third-ranked Michigan State (18-1, 7-0) will bring an 11-game winning streak into Saturday's game. It will be the first time Michigan and Michigan State have ever met with both teams at 6-0 or better in Big Ten play, according to STATS.

The Spartans will be the third straight top-10 opponent for Michigan, which beat then-No. 3 Wisconsin on Saturday. The win over Iowa gave the Wolverines back-to-back victories over top-10 teams -- without any games in between -- for the first time since the Fab Five beat No. 5 North Carolina and No. 2 Kansas in succession in December of 1992, according to STATS.

Michigan split two games with Michigan State last season, losing 75-52 in East Lansing.

"Last year I think we kind of went out there just thinking it was just another game," Albrecht said. "It's a big-time rivalry, so you have to be ready to go."

The Wolverines are without star big man Mitch McGary, who is out indefinitely with a back injury, but they matched the tall Hawkeyes at 10 offensive rebounds. Iowa committed 14 turnovers and couldn't shoot well enough to make up for it. The Hawkeyes equaled their lowest-scoring game of the season.

"You can't turn it over 14 times here," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "I mean, unless you're drilling 3s."

Iowa went only 2 of 10 from beyond the arc.

Stauskas made his first four shots, and Michigan led 38-34 at halftime. It was 54-43 after the sequence that ended with Albrecht's steal and quick shot from the baseline.

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NORMAL, Ill. -- Cleanthony Early scored 23 points and No. 5 Wichita State erased a halftime deficit to defeat Illinois State 70-55 Wednesday night.

Early added 10 rebounds as the Shockers (20-0, 7-0 Missouri Valley) remained one of three unbeaten teams in major college basketball, along with top-ranked Arizona and No. 2 Syracuse.

Ryan Baker added 15 points and Wichita State used a 22-6 surge out of halftime to quiet a crowd of 9,510, Illinois State's largest in three years. ISU (11-8, 4-3) had won 10 of 13.


SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Xavier Thames scored 15 points and San Diego State extended the second-longest winning streak in school history to 16 games with a victory over San Jose State.

Josh Davis added 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Winston Shepard and Skylar Spencer scored 12 apiece for the Aztecs (17-1, 6-0 Mountain West), who won their first six conference games for the first time since starting 7-0 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association in 1966-67. San Diego State has also won its last 39 games against California schools.


MINNEAPOLIS -- DeAndre Mathieu and Mo Walker each scored 18 points, an outside-inside combination that helped Minnesota hand Wisconsin its third straight loss.

Malik Smith added 14 points, beating the shot clock on a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left. Austin Hollins had 11 points and four steals for the Golden Gophers (15-5, 4-3 Big Ten). Walker grabbed nine rebounds, and Mathieu went 8 for 13 from the floor.

Sam Dekker led the Badgers (16-3, 3-3) with 20 points and six rebounds. Nigel Hayes added 12 points, and Frank Kaminsky and Josh Gasser had nine apiece. The conference's leading 3-point shooting team finished 5 for 20 from behind the arc and didn't fare any better around the basket.


TAMPA, Fla. -- Wayne Blackshear scored 16 points to pace a balanced offense that carried Louisville to a rout of cold-shooting South Florida.

Luke Hancock and Montrezl Harrell had 14 points apiece for the Cardinals (17-3, 6-1 American Athletic Conference), who shot 52.2 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and just under 51 percent overall.

RICHMOND 58, No. 13 UMASS 55

RICHMOND, Va. -- Kendall Anthony scored 21 points and Richmond hung on in the final minute to end a six-game winning streak for Massachusetts.

Anthony made his first four 3-point attempts for Richmond (13-6, 3-1 Atlantic 10), including one from the right side after the Minutemen had closed to 52-48 with 4:10 remaining.

Sampson Carter had 15 points to lead UMass (16-2, 3-1).

No. 18 DUKE 67, MIAMI 46

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Jabari Parker had 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds as Duke earned its first league road win of the season by beating Miami.

The Blue Devils (15-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) avenged a 27-point loss the last time they played in Coral Gables. That was a year ago, when Duke was ranked No. 1.

No. 19 ST. LOUIS 76, DUQUESNE 72

PITTSBURGH -- Mike McCall scored 13 points, including two free throws with 13 seconds remaining, and Saint Louis avoided an upset by beating Duquesne.

Reserve forward Grandy Glaze added 12 points and Rob Loe had 10 for the Billikens (18-2, 5-0 Atlantic 10), who won their 12th consecutive game.

No. 25 OKLAHOMA 77, TCU 69

NORMAN, Okla. -- Ryan Spangler scored all 13 of his points in the second half and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to help Oklahoma hold off Texas Christian.

Buddy Hield had 16 points and Cameron Clark added 15 for the Sooners (15-4, 4-2 Big 12), who moved into a tie for second place in the Big 12 despite struggling against the last-place team in the league.



TOLEDO -- Justin Drummond scored 24 points with 11 rebounds to lift Toledo over Northern Illinois, 77-68.

Toledo (16-2, 4-1 Mid-American) trailed by three at 16-13 after Northern Illinois' Aksel Bolin drilled a 3-pointer. The Rockets scored the next six points, including a layup and pair of free throws by Drummond, en route to a 34-26 lead at the break.

The Huskies (7-10, 1-4) cut the lead to five points several times in the second half, but were never able to get over the hump.


ATHENS -- Spencer Parker scored 16 points and Jehvon Clarke had 15 as Bowling Green beat Ohio, 58-56.

Richaun Holmes added 12 points for Bowling Green (9-9, 3-2 Mid-American Conference).

Hall had 15 points for Ohio (13-5, 3-2). Maurice Ndour added 12 and eight rebounds and Kellogg finished with 10.


YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Jake Kretzer came off the bench to score 25 points and Demetrius Treadwell added 18 as Akron secured a decisive 78-68 victory over Eastern Michigan.

Treadwell grabbed 11 boards, Kretzer added seven, and Carmelo Betancourt finished with eight assists for Akron (12-6, 4-1 Mid-American).

Karrington Ward scored 20 points to lead the Eagles (11-7, 3-2). Ward sparked an 11-0 run with three 3-pointers as Eastern Michigan came as close as it would get, 48-41, with 11:50 to go.


OXFORD -- Will Felder scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Miami (Ohio) defeated Central Michigan, 86-80.

It was the second victory for the Redhawks (7-9, 3-2 Mid-American) over the Chippewas (7-10, 0-5) this season. Miami won at CMU 77-70 on Jan. 8.

Will Sullivan added 20 points and Bill Edwards 13 for Miami, which led 32-29 at the half.

Chris Fowler led four Chippewas in double figures with 19 points.



CHICAGO -- Jon Harris had 18 points and 10 rebounds as Cleveland State beat Illinois-Chicago, 74-64.

Bryn Forbes added 20 points for Cleveland State (12-9, 4-3 Horizon League) which led 29-23 at halftime and opened the second on an 11-6 run.



GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Keifer Sykes scored 27 points and Carrington Love added a career-high 17 as hot-shooting Green Bay cruised past Oakland 83-69 for its 11th straight win.

With Love, a sophomore reserve, hitting 5 of 6 shots, including both his 3-pointers, and 5 of 6 free throws, Green Bay (16-3, 6-0) shot 50 percent and was 8 of 15 from behind the arc. The Phoenix, who also got 15 points from Alec Brown, only made 23 of 34 free throws.

Corey Petros paced Oakland (7-14, 2-4) with 19 points and nine rebounds. Kahlil Felder had 14 and Tommie McCune added 13. The Golden Grizzlies made 14 of 18 free throws but fell to 0-11 when their opponent gets to the foul line more times.

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