No. 8 Michigan State routed the fourth-ranked Michigan men 75-52 to take the outright lead in the Big Ten Conference.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State turned a highly anticipated, historic matchup into a showcase of what its proud program is capable of doing this season.
Gary Harris scored 17 points and Derrick Nix had 14 to help the eighth-ranked Spartans rout No. 4 Michigan 75-52 Tuesday night in the rivalry’s first matchup of top-10 men’s teams.
“It was the perfect storm,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “We played about as well as we can.”
The Spartans (21-4 overall, 10-2 Big Ten) lead the conference by a half-game over top-ranked Indiana.
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The Wolverines (21-4, 8-4) have lost three of four, but the setbacks on the road against Indiana and Wisconsin were nothing like this game, when they were held to a season-low point total.
“It was an embarrassing loss,” said Michigan guard Trey Burke, who scored 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting.
Michigan State led by as many as 16 points in the first half and enjoyed 30-point leads in the second.
“We probably played our best game in three years,” Izzo said. “And they probably played one of their worst.”
Michigan coach John Beilein agreed.
“That was the worst we’ve played in a long, long time, and credit Michigan State for that,” he said.
Tim Hardaway Jr., who turned down Beilein’s suggestion to work on his shot during halftime warmups, was 1 of 11 from the field and scored a season-low two points.
“I’m not sure we’re as good as we played, but I’ll take it,” Izzo said. “It was a big win for Michigan State.”
Other Top 10 men’s game
At No. 7 Florida 69,
No. 25 Kentucky 52
Scottie Wilbekin had 14 points and eight assists and Pat Young recorded his sixth double-double of the season (12 points, 11 rebounds) as the Gators (20-3, 10-1 Southeastern) beat the Wildcats (17-7, 8-3).
Florida snapped its losing streak in the series at five and coach Billy Donovan improved to 2-7 against Kentucky’s John Calipari.
Wildcats freshman Nerlens Noel, who leads the nation in blocked shots, injured his left knee in the second half and was taken to a hospital. No details were given on his injury.
Top 5 women
At No. 1 Baylor 89, Texas Tech 47
All-American Brittney Griner had 10 points and 11 rebounds for her 54th career double-double, and the Bears (23-1, 13-0 Big 12) rolled past the Raiders (18-7, 8-5).
Baylor has won its last 52 home games.
No. 3 Connecticut 105,
at Providence 49
Kaleena Mosqueda Lewis scored 17 points to help the Huskies (23-1, 10-1 Big East) defeat the Friars (7-17, 2-9).
• A member of Pennsylvania’s 1979 Final Four team was fatally stabbed by his wife, who told police she had caught him looking at child pornography, according to court documents.
Matthew White, 55, was found stabbed in the neck in bed at his home Monday, police said. As Maria Rey Garcia-Pellon was being taken into custody, according to a police affidavit, she said, “I caught him looking at pornography, young girls. I love kids. I had to do it.” She was charged with first-degree murder.
White set Penn’s career record in field-goal percentage for players with a minimum of 200 made baskets, shooting 59.1 percent.