CHICAGO – Adreian Payne had 18 points and 10 rebounds, leading No. 8 Michigan State to a rugged 59-56 victory over Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Friday night.
Keith Appling and Gary Harris had 13 points apiece for the Spartans (25-7), who trailed by 12 midway through the second half. They advance to play Ohio State in the next round in a rematch of last season’s tournament championship, won by Michigan State.
Iowa (21-12) was oh so close to an upset victory that could have cemented a spot in the field for next week’s NCAA tournament. Instead, the Hawkeyes will have to sweat out a nervous Selection Sunday.
The Hawkeyes got at least one basket from 11 players, but none of them scored in double figures. Mike Gesell led the way with nine points, and Devyn Marble and Melsahn Basabe each had eight.
Harris made a go-ahead 3-pointer for the Spartans with 4:10 left, part of a 22-2 run that gave Michigan State the lead for the first time in the game. Harris also had a big dunk in the spurt, and Appling contributed six points to the surge.
The Spartans built the lead to 57-49 with 1:54 left, then held on with late free throws after Iowa’s 7-0 run over the next 50 seconds.
No. 22 Wisconsin 68, No. 6 Michigan 59: Ben Brust scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half, and No. 22 Wisconsin knocked off sixth-ranked Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals Friday afternoon.
Traevon Jackson had 16 points for the Badgers (22-10), who will play top-seeded Indiana in the semifinals on Saturday. Ryan Evans added 12 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Trey Burke had 19 points and seven assists for Michigan (26-7), but the Big Ten player of the year was 8 for 22 from the field. Tim Hardaway Jr. shook off a leg injury in the first half and finished with 14 points and nine boards.
The Wolverines advanced with an 83-66 victory over Penn State on Thursday, setting up a sequel to one of the best games of the season. Wisconsin rallied for a 65-62 victory over Michigan on Feb. 9 when Brust hit a tying 3-pointer from just inside midcourt at the end of regulation, then hit another big 3 with 39 seconds left in overtime.
This time, Wisconsin finally found its shooting stroke in the second half, putting together a 10-0 run to take a 29-24 lead with 15:09 to go. Brust hit a 3-pointer, Jared Berggren converted two layups and Frank Kaminsky capped the run with another 3.
Michigan tried to rally, but Wisconsin had an answer each time.
Mike Bruesewitz, Berggren and Kaminsky had eight points apiece for the Badgers, who went 16 for 21 at the free-throw line.
No. 10 Ohio St. 71, Nebraska 50: DeShaun Thomas and Sam Thompson had 19 points apiece, and the Buckeyes used a 30-5 run spanning halftime to turn a close quarterfinal into a rout.
LaQuinton Ross connected on three consecutive 3-pointers, Aaron Craft made a couple of nifty passes and Thompson had two jams to go along with a 3-pointer in the spree. Thomas closed it out with a reverse dunk that lifted the Buckeyes to a 54-28 lead with 12:01 left.
Ross finished with 11 points for the Buckeyes (24-7), who have won six straight games and seven of eight overall.
Brandon Ubel had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Cornhuskers (15-18).