EVANSTON, Ill. – Gary Harris scored 14 points and No. 4 Michigan State beat Northwestern 54-40 for its ninth straight win.
The preseason favorite to win the Big Ten, the Spartans (16-1, 5-0 Big Ten) continue to roll along, although it was hardly an easy night for them. They overcame a sluggish start and pulled away down the stretch even though they struggled in a big way from the outside.
They were 2 of 16 on 3-pointers with Harris missing all six and Keith Appling going 0 for 3. Harris did have four steals, and Appling managed to score 11 points.
Tre Demps did his best to keep Northwestern (8-10, 1-4) in the game, scoring 10 of his 12 points in the second half, but leading scorer Drew Crawford never got going, scoring just six points.
OHIO 71, BALL STATE 51: In Athens, Ohio, Maurice Ndour scored 16 points and T.J. Hall added 13 for the Bobcats.
Ohio (12-4, 2-1 Mid-American Conference) converted 21 Cardinals (3-11, 0-3) turnovers into 19 points. The Bobcats have won five of their past six.
INDIANA STATE 70, MISSOURI STATE 55: In Terre Haute, Manny Arop and Dawon Cummings each scored 14 points to lead the Sycamores (14-3, 5-0 Missouri Valley) to their seventh straight win.
VALPARAISO 78, DETROIT 70: In Detroit, Lexus Williams scored 11 of his career-high 22 points in the final 3:01 for the Crusaders (10-9, 2-2 Horizon League).
ILLINOIS STATE 79, EVANSVILLE 78, OT: In Normal, Ill., D.J. Balentine scored 22 points for the Aces (8-10, 1-4 Missouri Valley Conference).
ANDERSON 81, MANCHESTER 71: The Spartans (2-11, 1-5 HCAC) squandered a 16-point halftime lead at home as visiting Anderson buried them 56-30 in the second half. Jon Thompson scored 26 points to lead Manchester.
MADONNA 78, INDIANA TECH 73: Tech (11-8, 6-5) fell for the fourth straight time, falling on the road to a Madonna team that led from the opening tip. Jeff Hoskins led the Warriors with 27 points and eight rebounds.
TRINE 64, KALAMAZOO 59: Will Dixon (16 points) and Nick Tatu (15) led Trine (9-5, 2-1 MIAA) at home.
MICHIGAN 65, No. 22 PURDUE 49: In West Lafayette, Madison Ristovski scored 17 points and the Wolverines (12-5, 3-1 Big Ten) never trailed. April Wilson scored 12 points for the Boilermakers (11-5, 1-3).
SAINT FRANCIS 75, SPRING ARBOR 60: The top-ranked, unbeaten Cougars (19-0, 7-0 Crossroads) used a strong second half and kept on rolling behind Skylarr Shurn, who led four double-figure scorers with 32 points at home. The Cougars trailed Spring Arbor (9-9, 3-4) 36-35 at halftime, but Shurn scored 22 of her total in the second half and got support from Brooke Ridley (16 points) and Jenelle Wilson (12 points).
INDIANA TECH 94, MADONNA 93: In Livonia, Mich., Ulyssia Richmond scored a school-record 37 points to lead the Warriors past Madonna. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for Tech, which hadnt won since Dec. 14.
HUNTINGTON 96, BETHEL 55: The Foresters (13-5, 5-2 Crossroads) got 25 points from Miranda Palmer and 21 from Amelia Becker to blow out visiting Bethel (7-12, 2-5). Huntington led 40-28 at halftime and buried the Pilots 56-27 in the second half, forcing 21 turnovers.
TRINE 79, ALMA 57: Trine (3-12, 1-6) led winless Alma (0-16, 0-7) 42-29 at halftime and never looked back in Angola. Laura Rosekrans and Alivia Recker scored 12 apiece to lead the Thunder, which feasted on 27 Alma turnovers.
GRACE 60, MARIAN 59: Down 10 points at halftime, Grace shot 52 percent in the second half to claim the come-from-behind win, outscoring Marian (11-8, 4-3 Crossroads) 36-25. Allison Kaufman led Grace (8-11, 4-3) with 19 points.
MANCHESTER 83, ANDERSON 54: Erynn Meiklejohn and Katie Arterburn each scored 14 points to lead the Spartans (8-6, 5-2 HCAC) at Anderson. Manchester led 40-18 at halftime.
BOWLING GREEN 72, BALL STATE 61: The Cardinals (7-8, 2-2 MAC) led 31-28 at the half but a 14-4 Bowling Green run to start the second half put Ball State behind for keeps. Nathalie Fontaine scored 20 points for the Cardinals.