MBB: Saturday Recap

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Another Saturday, another great weekend of Big Ten hoops. #7/8 Michigan State defeated Illinois to take control of conference race. The Spartans are 5-0 in Big Ten play. Iowa collected its first conference win of the season, defeating Penn State at home. Ohio State avenged an earlier loss to Wisconsin, defeated the #13/17 Badgers in Columbus. The win was the second over a ranked opponent this week for the Buckeyes. Northwestern defeated its highest ranked opponent--#6/6 Purdue--since knocking off the Magic Johnson-led #4 Spartans in 1979.

Complete recaps of today's action as well as stats and video highlights...

IOWA def. PENN STATE 67-64
Sophomore Aaron Fuller scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Iowa held off Penn State 67-64 on Saturday for its first Big Ten victory of the season.

Matt Gatens added 14 points for the Hawkeyes (7-11, 1-4), who have strung together back-to-back wins for the first time in nearly a month.

Penn State's Talor Battle hit a pair of layups to pull the Nittany Lions within 63-62 with 9.5 seconds left. But Gatens answered with two free throws to hold Penn State at bay.

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#7/8 MICHIGAN STATE  def. ILLINOIS, 73-63
Tom Izzo
put Kalin Lucas on the bench a couple of minutes into Saturday's game.

The Michigan State coach heard what he wanted from his star player, then liked what he saw.

Lucas shook off a slow start and scored 20 points, leading the Spartans (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) to a 73-63 victory over Illinois that broke a first-place tie in the Big Ten.

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NORTHWESTERN def. #6/6 PURDUE, 72-64
Northwestern's purple-clad fans raced to the middle of the floor Saturday with a reason to jump up and down and celebrate -- the Wildcats finally beat a ranked team at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

"Storming the court, that's pretty cool," said freshman Drew Crawford, who hit two clutch three-pointers and made a three-point play in the second half to lead a 72-64 win over No. 6 Purdue.

"I might have gotten popped in the face one time, but it was pretty cool."

Northwestern (13-4, 2-3 Big Ten) lost earlier at home to ranked teams Butler, Michigan State and Wisconsin but was able to send the Boilermakers to their third straight defeat by doing some storming of their own. They crashed the boards with a 42-23 rebounding advantage.

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OHIO STATE def. #13/16 WISCONSIN, 60-51
A week ago, Ohio State was suffering through an abysmal start in the Big Ten and had two top 15 teams waiting in the wings to add to its misery.

What a difference seven days make.

David Lighty helped Ohio State weather Evan Turner's foul trouble, scoring 18 points to lead the Buckeyes to their second win over a ranked opponent this week, a 60-51 victory over Wisconsin (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) on Saturday night.

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