Michigan St., Michigan earn wins

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Associated Press
Thursday, February 9, 2012
— Michigan State went to its go-to player when it needed him to dash Penn State’s comeback hopes.

Draymond Green had 23 points and 12 rebounds and made some timely shots to help the 11th-ranked Spartans pull away from the Nittany Lions in a 77-57 win Wednesday night.

“He’s supposed to do that,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “And, we’re supposed to get him the ball.”

The Spartans (19-5, 8-3 Big Ten) are a game behind conference-leading and third-ranked Ohio State, setting up a big game Saturday on the road against the Buckeyes.

“It’s huge for us and it’s huge for them,” Green said. “We’ll prepare like it’s an NCAA tournament game.”

-- Michigan 62, Nebraska 46—Zack Novak scored 14 points to go over 1,000 for his career and No. 22 Michigan won at Nebraska.

The Wolverines (18-7, 8-4) outscored Nebraska 15-4 to start the second half and went on to only their second win in six Big Ten road games. The Cornhuskers (11-12, 3-9) lost their third straight.

Stu Douglass had 13 points and Trey Burke 12 for Michigan. Bo Spencer scored 13 to lead Nebraska.

-- Duke 85, N. Carolina 84—Austin Rivers never looked like a freshman in his first Duke-North Carolina rivalry game—including when he buried a shot that will live on in the lore of this fierce rivalry.

Rivers hit a 3-pointer at the horn to give No. 10 Duke a win over No. 5 North Carolina on Wednesday night, snapping the Tar Heels’ school-record 31-game home winning streak.

Rivers scored a season-high 29 points and hit six 3s, the last over 7-footer Tyler Zeller with the Blue Devils (20-4, 7-2) trailing by two in the final seconds. The ball swished through the net, sending Rivers running down the court in celebration while the rest of his teammates gave chase before mobbing him in front of a stunned UNC crowd.

Rivers’ 3 capped a wild rally for the Blue Devils, who trailed by 10 points with about 2˝ minutes left.

Harrison Barnes scored 25 points for the Tar Heels (20-4, 7-2), while Zeller finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds. But Zeller missed two free throws in the final minute, including one with 13.9 seconds left that set up Rivers’ winning shot.

Last updated: 2:22 pm Thursday, December 20, 2012

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