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Ranked Spartans, Illini fall

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Associated Press
December 23, 2010
— The scoreboard at Michigan State’s arena malfunctioned.

The Spartans did on the court, too.


Jordan Hamilton scored 21 points, Tristan Thompson had 17 points and 15 rebounds and No. 18 Texas beat No. 12 Michigan State 67-55 on Wednesday night.


The Longhorns (10-2) became the first nonconference team to win at the Breslin Center since Duke on Dec. 3, 2003, snapping a 52-game winning streak.


“That means a lot,” Hamilton said. “Michigan State is a great program.”


The Spartans (8-4) have advanced to half of the past 12 Final Fours, winning the 2000 national title, but they’ve got to improve a lot to make it to college basketball’s next showcase. They have failed to live up to their preseason billing as the second-ranked team in country with only one quality win over then-No. 13 Washington in the Maui Invitational and four losses in a nine-game stretch.


“We have to regroup,” Michigan State’s inconsistent shooting guard Durrell Summers said.


“We got beat by a better team,” Izzo said.


-- (9) Missouri 75, (21) Illinois 64—At St. Louis, Laurence Bowers made a four-point play with a layup and two free throws after an intentional foul with 40 seconds to go, fueling a huge final minute for No. 9 Missouri on Wednesday night.


Marcus Denmon had 15 points and Bowers added 13 for the Tigers (11-1), who won the Braggin’ Rights game for the second straight year after dropping the previous nine. Justin Safford added 11 points.


Mike Davis had 17 points for Illinois (10-3), which has dropped two straight after getting upset by Illinois-Chicago on Saturday.


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-- UW-Green Bay 68, Wyoming 62—At Laramie, Wyo., Rahmon Fletcher scored 21 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, to lift UW-Green Bay.


Steve Baker added 13 points for the Phoenix (6-7), which sank all seven of its 3-pointers in the second half after going 3-for-16 before the break. Fletcher finished 5 of 9 from beyond the arc.


Desmar Jackson’s 23 points led the Cowboys (6-7), whose three-game winning streak ended. Djibril Thiam added 14 for Wyoming, while Francisco Cruz had 10.


Jackson’s foul shot tied it with 2:41 to go, but his second missed. That set up Fletcher’s 3-pointer, which put Green Bay ahead 63-60. Fletcher late hit one free throw before Thiam’s two foul shots cut it to 64-62.


But Bryquis Perine’s 3-pointer with 20 seconds left made it 67-62 and iced it.



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