MBB: Spartans Still Standing

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Last night's Big Ten action saw two thrillers as #5 Michigan State escaped in-state rival Michigan to remain undefeated in Big Ten play and Minnesota held off Northwestern for the win at Williams Arena.


#5/5 MICHIGAN STATE def. MICHIGAN, 57-56
Kalin Lucas coached in the huddle and starred on the floor.

Lucas made a go-ahead jumper with 3.5 seconds left, lifting No. 5 Michigan State to a 57-56 win over Michigan on Tuesday night.

"We went to our go-to guy," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "If anyone wonders why I expect a lot of out of him, it shouldn't take you long to figure out why.

"I fall in love with guys that want to coach the team. He came to me and made a couple adjustments against the 1-3-1 zone and wanted to go in the middle."

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MINNESOTA def. #rv/- NORTHWESTERN, 65-61
Blake Hoffarber hit four three-pointers in the final seven-plus minutes, finishing with 20 points and lifting Minnesota to a 65-61 victory over Northwestern on Tuesday night.

Lawrence Westbrook pitched in 18 points and six assists for the Gophers (13-7, 4-4 Big Ten), who broke a three-game losing streak.

John Shurna led the second-half comeback for the Wildcats (14-6, 3-5) with 19 points and Michael Thompson added 15 points and six assists.

Hoffarber, the conference's leading three-point shooter, combined for only 15 points in his last three games and went 2-for-11 from behind the arc. But he got going again just when the Gophers needed him the most.

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