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Top 25 basketball: No. 21 Michigan wins at No. 3 Michigan State
Top 25 » Wolverines have beaten three straight top-10 teams.
First Published Jan 25 2014 11:10 pm • Last Updated Mar 24 2014 11:35 pm

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 3-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.

At a glance

Saturday’s scores

» No. 2 Syracuse 64, Miami 52

» No. 4 Villanova 94,Marquette 85 (OT)

» No. 21 Michigan 80,No. 3 Michigan State 75

» No. 5 Wichita State 78,Drake 61

» No. 6 Florida 67, Tennessee 41

» No. 7 San Diego State at Utah State, late

» No. 8 Kansas 91, TCU 69

» No. 9 Wisconsin 72, Purdue 58

» No. 10 Iowa 76, Northwestern 50

» No. 11 Oklahoma State 81,West Virginia 75

» No. 14 Kentucky 79, Georgia 54

» No. 16 Iowa State 81,No. 22 Kansas State 75

» No. 18 Duke 78, Florida State 56

» No. 20 Pitt 83, Maryland 79

» Texas 74, No. 24 Baylor 60

» No. 25 Oklahoma 74, Texas Tech 65

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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 is the first team since at least the 1996-97 season to win three straight games against top-10 teams in the regular season, according to STATS. The Wolverines, who had never pulled off that feat in school history, were 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.


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The Spartans (18-2, 7-1) had won 11 straight since losing to North Carolina at home, but the streak was snapped by their rival soon after another injury-related setback.

"The better team won," coach Tom Izzo acknowledged.

Adreian Payne missed a fifth straight game with a sprained right foot and Branden Dawson was out for the first time since the junior forward said he broke his right hand hitting a table.

No. 18 Duke 78, Florida St. 56 • At Durham, N.C., Rodney Hood scored 18 points to help Duke, giving Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski his 900th victory at the school.

Jabari Parker added 14 points for the Blue Devils (16-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their fourth straight game and extended the nation’s longest active home winning streak to 28 games. Duke used an 11-0 run late in the first half to build a 20-point lead and never let the Seminoles get the margin back to single digits again.

Texas 74, No. 24 Baylor 60 • At Waco, Texas, freshman guard Isaiah Taylor scored a career-high 27 points and the Longhorns stretched their winning streak to five games.



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