EAST LANSING, Mich. – Tom Izzo is openly lobbying for someone else to move to No. 1 in next week’s rankings.
“We’ve just got to hope now that Kansas blows somebody out so they move them ahead of us,” the Michigan State men’s coach said. “We proved tonight we’re not ready to handle any kind of success, and that disappoints me.”
No. 2 Michigan State did pull away from upset-minded Columbia in the final two minutes for a 62-53 victory Friday. The Spartans (3-0) trailed for a majority of the second half, but Adreian Payne was too much for the Ivy League Lions inside, finishing with 26 points.
Michigan State beat top-ranked Kentucky and No. 5 Kansas beat No. 4 Duke in a doubleheader in Chicago on Tuesday. Unbeaten Louisville, the defending national champion, is No. 3.
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Maodo Lo had 12 points for Columbia (1-2), which had a chance to tie the score with 1:47 to go.
Down 55-53, Columbia committed back-to-back shot-clock violations. The Lions might have been thrown off by the Michigan State crowd, which was counting the clock down falsely — a couple seconds too late.
“They duped us,” Lions coach Kyle Smith said of the fans.
WSU women loseto Hawaii
HONOLULU – Sophomore guard Lia Galdeira had 29 points and nine rebounds in a losing cause as the Washington State women were defeated by Hawaii 77-66 in the Rainbow Wahine Classic.
Galdeira was a three-time prep player of the year in Hawaii.
WSU (1-2) will face West Virginia (1-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday in Honolulu.
Kamilah Jackson led the Wahine (2-1) with 21 points and 15 rebounds.
Tia Presley, who is from Spokane, scored 14 points for the Cougars.
• In other Top 10 men’s games, Louisville beat Cornell 99-54, Duke beat Florida Atlantic 97-64 and No. 8 Oklahoma State defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 97-63.
• In games involving Pac-12 men, Arizona State beat Idaho State 88-60; Utah defeated UC Davis 94-60; USC beat Northern Arizona 67-63; and California beat Oakland of Michigan 64-60.
• Host George Washington beat the No. 10 California women 75-72.
Reshanda Gray scored a career-high 24 points for the Golden Bears (1-2) of the Pac-12.
In other games involving Pac-12 women, No. 3 Stanford beat Cal Poly 86-51; Utah lost to No. 15 Nebraska 75-69; No. 17 Colorado routed Alcorn State 83-33; and Oregon State beat Sacramento State 102-80.
• The No. 1 Connecticut women beat No. 8 Maryland 72-55.