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Hawkeyes can’t hang

Published: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 12:27 a.m. CDT

Nik Stauskas scored 26 points and No. 21 Michigan held off No. 10 Iowa 75-67 on Wednesday to remain unbeaten in Big Ten play.

The Wolverines (14-4, 6-0) have won eight straight to set up a showdown in East Lansing on Saturday night with rival Michigan State, the league’s only other unbeaten team in conference action.

Aaron White scored 14 of Iowa’s points in a row down the stretch, but it wasn’t enough to rally the Hawkeyes (15-4, 4-2) from an 11-point deficit.

White and Melsahn Basabe scored 17 each for Iowa. Glenn Robinson III had 14 points for Michigan and Jordan Morgan added 12.

Minnesota 81, No. 9 Wisconsin 68: DeAndre Mathieu and Mo Walker each scored 18 points, an outside-inside combination that helped Minnesota hand visiting Wisconsin its third straight loss.

Malik Smith added 14 points, beating the shot clock on a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left. Austin Hollins had 11 points and four steals for the Golden Gophers (15-5, 4-3 Big Ten). Walker grabbed nine rebounds, and Mathieu went 8 for 13 from the floor.

Sam Dekker led the Badgers (16-3, 3-3) with 20 points and six rebounds. Nigel Hayes added 12 points, and Frank Kaminsky and Josh Gasser had nine apiece. The conference’s leading 3-point shooting team finished 5-for-20 from behind the arc, and didn’t fare any better around the basket.

No. 5 Wichita St. 70, Illinois St. 55: Cleanthony Early scored 23 points, and the Shockers erased a halftime deficit to defeat the Redbirds in Normal.

Early added 10 rebounds as Wichita State (20-0, 7-0 Missouri Valley) remained one of three unbeaten teams in major college basketball, along with top-ranked Arizona and No. 2 Syracuse.

Ryan Baker added 15 points, and Wichita State took control with a 22-6 surge out of halftime.

The Shockers were 11-for-27 from 3-point range, led by Early’s 6 for 9. Illinois State was just 1 of 25 from deep.

Toledo 77, N. Illinois 68: Justin Drummond scored 24 points with 11 rebounds to lift Toledo over visiting Northern Illinois.

Toledo (16-2, 4-1 Mid-American) shot 50 percent from the floor, including 7 of 15 from beyond the arc. Julius Brown scored 15, while Rian Pearson and Nathan Boothe both added 10 points.

Northern Illinois (7-10, 1-4) was led by Travon Baker with 17 points. Darrell Bowie had 16, Jordan Threloff added 14 and Aaric Armstead had 10.

Ohio State at Illinois

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Champaign


Line: OSU by 12.5

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