After Izzo rant, Spartans crush Hawkeyes
Travis Trice scored 25 points and hit seven three-pointers and Michigan State (11-5, 2-1 Big Ten) rallied to pound Iowa (11-5, 2-1) 75-61 in Iowa City on Thursday night, its ninth consecutive victory over the Hawkeyes. Branden Dawson had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Spartans, who came back from an 11-point deficit in the first half — one capped when coach Tom Izzo drew a rare technical — by going 8 of 9 from three-point range in the final 20 minutes. "To beat a quality team on the road after being down 11, we showed some character. And yet, boy we've got a long way to go as far as getting consistent," Izzo said.
•SLIGHTLY BETTER START FOR NEBRASKA: Terran Petteway scored 20 points and Nebraska (9-6, 1-2 Big Ten) pulled away from Rutgers (9-7, 1-2) in the second half for a 65-49 victory in Lincoln, Neb. The Huskers are off to their best start in Big Ten play in their four years in the conference. Their previous starts were 0-4, 0-5 and 0-4.
•MONSTER GAME, MILESTONE WIN: Freshman Kevon Looney had career highs of 27 points and 19 rebounds, helping host UCLA (9-7, 1-2 Pac-12) rally to beat Stanford (10-4, 2-1) 86-81 in double overtime and give second-year coach Steve Alford his 500th career victory.
•ZAGS MAKE IT EIGHT STRAIGHT: Kevin Pangos scored 17 points, Przemek Karnowski added 16 and No. 6 Gonzaga (15-1, 4-0 West Coast) beat San Francisco (7-10, 1-4) 88-57 in Spokane, Wash, for its eighth consecutive victory.