MBB: Saturday Recaps

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#6/7 MICHIGAN STATE def. MINNESOTA, 65-64
Tom Izzo
looked Kalin Lucas in the eye during a late timeout and told him about certain times in a game when players become great.

Lucas got the message, hitting a three-pointer with 1:27 left to break a tie and help give Michigan State (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) a 65-64 win over short-handed Minnesota on Saturday.

Lucas finished with 22 points and Raymar Morgan added 17 in a game that the Spartans never led until Lucas's three-pointer broke a 62-all tie.

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#11/12 West Virginia def. #21/25 OHIO STATE, 71-65
Da'Sean Butler scored 21 points and No. 11 West Virginia came from 14 points down to defeat No. 21 Ohio State 71-65 on Saturday.

Darryl Bryant added 14 points and Wellington Smith scored 11 for the Mountaineers (15-3), who overcame yet another slow start to beat the Buckeyes (14-6) for the second straight season.

William Buford led Ohio State with 22 points and Evan Turner added 18.

West Virginia scored the first 10 points after halftime to take control. Butler had 16 after the break, including 3-pointers a couple minutes apart that put the Mountaineers ahead 62-56 with 6:28 left. Ohio State made just one field goal over the final 8 minutes.

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#13/15 PURDUE def. MICHIGAN, 69-59
Purdue coach Matt Painter believes his team is at its best when JaJuan Johnson is involved in the offense.

It appears his team finally agrees.

Johnson scored 21 points to help Purdue (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) beat Michigan 69-59 on Saturday.

In Purdue's four wins since Jan. 1, the 6-foot-10 Johnson is averaging 21.5 points. In the Boilermakers' three losses, the center is averaging only six points.

Painter said he talked to the team about getting the ball to Johnson after a loss to Ohio State in which Johnson took only five shots.

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NORTHWESTERN  def. ILLINOIS, 73-68
Jeremy Nash scored 22 points, John Shurna added 19 and Northwestern went on a run late in the second half to beat Illinois 73-68 Saturday night after dropping 11 straight to the Illini.

Drew Crawford scored 15, and the Wildcats (14-5, 3-4 Big Ten) got a measure of revenge for an overtime loss last month that spoiled their first AP poll appearance in nearly 41 years. They went on a 15-2 run that turned a six-point deficit into a 61-54 lead and hung on from there, sending Illinois to its third straight loss.

Guard D.J. Richardson led the Illini (12-8, 4-3) with 17 points, but the big men were quiet after dominating the Wildcats last month.

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