Denzel Valentine's shooting touch returned just in time to help Michigan State avoid an upset against its biggest rival.
Valentine had 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and the Spartans held Michigan scoreless in overtime, outlasting the Wolverines 76-66 on Sunday in East Lansing. Michigan State recovered from a poor start offensively and allowed only two Michigan baskets over the last 10 minutes of the game.
"It got scary, but at the end of the day, it's a rivalry game," Valentine said. "A lot of people thought it was going to be easy."
With two of their best players on crutches, the Wolverines (13-9, 6-4 Big Ten) pushed Michigan State throughout, but the Spartans (15-7, 6-3) finally put Michigan away in the extra session. Branden Dawson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Bryn Forbes and Matt Costello scored 10 points each for Michigan State.
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Spike Albrecht and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 18 points apiece for Michigan, which was without injured guards Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton. Zak Irvin added 11 points for the Wolverines.
LeVert is out for the season with a foot injury, and Walton has been dealing with a toe problem that apparently isn't going away anytime soon.
"We don't anticipate him being back for a while," Michigan Coach John Beilein said. "We don't have a definite date yet but it won't be in the foreseeable future."
Michigan State shot 29 percent in the first half and 71 percent in the second.
Centre 79, Oglethorpe 63: The Colonels shot 55 percent (11-for-20) from three-point range in a win in Danville. Eight of those threes came in the second half.
Former Oldham County standout Tyler Wesley, who recently broke Centre's school record for career blocks, led the way for Centre with 21 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.
Josh Karsner (Bluegrass United) added 20 points, including going 6-for-8 on three-pointers.
No. 1 South Carolina 77, Mississippi 59: Bianca Cuevas scored a career-high 21 points and South Carolina won in Oxford, Miss.
South Carolina (21-0, 9-0 Southeastern Conference) got off to a slow start, trailing by nine points in the first half, before rallying to take a 36-29 halftime lead.
Tiffany Mitchell and A'ja Wilson each scored 11 points, and Elem Ibiam and Alaina Coates had10 apiece. South Carolina backups combined for 43 points.
No. 6 Tennessee 79, No. 18 Mississippi State 67: Cierra Burdick scored a career-high 24 points and had eight rebounds and six assists to help Tennessee win in Knoxville. The Lady Vols (19-3, 9-0 SEC) are 36-0 against Mississippi State (22-3, 7-3).
Bashaara Graves added 17 points, including nine straight during an 11-0 run early in the second half, as Tennessee won its 17th straight home game. Isabelle Harrison had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
West Virginia 78, No. 24 Oklahoma 69: Breana McDonald scored a career-high 19 points to lead West Virginia to an upset victory in Morgantown, W.Va. Averee Fields (Calloway County) added 12 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Florida 67, Vanderbilt 58: Kayla Lewis had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Gators' win in Nashville.
Oglethorpe 72, Centre 55: Alexis Guy went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line and finished with 18 points and six rebounds in Centre's loss in Danville. Maggie Hartlage (Assumption) had 16 points and six rebounds.