Michi­gan State top­ples fifth-ranked Notre Dame

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Joshua Lang­ford scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half to help No. 3 Michi­gan State take a huge early lead on the way to an 81- 63 vic­tory over No. 5 Notre Dame in East Lans­ing, Michi­gan.

The Spar­tans (6-1) have won five straight since los­ing to top-ranked Duke.

The Fight­ing Ir­ish (6-1) trailed by 20 at half­time and cut the deficit to seven with 13:09 left but couldn’t get closer against a team with a lot of op­tions on of­fense that is de­fend­ing and re­bound­ing as if it is in mid­sea­son form un­der Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo.

In the mar­quee match up of the Big Ten/ACC Chal­lenge, the Spar­tans turned a highly an­tic­i­pated game into a show­case of their tal­ent and depth.

Michi­gan State’s Cas­sius Win­ston had 17 points and seven as­sists, Miles Bridges scored 14 points, and Nick Ward added 12.

Notre Dame’s Bonzie Col­son had 11 of his 17 points in the second half, and Rex Pflueger scored 15. Matt Far­rell was score­less in the first half and fin­ished with 10 points, and T. J. Gibbs added 11 points for the Ir­ish. SANTA CLARA 89, NORTH­ERN ARI­ZONA 57 » KJ Fea­gin hit four 3-point­ers and scored all 16 of his points in the first half, and the Bron­cos (25) never trailed in the win. Santa Clara made a sea­son­high 17 3-point­ers and scored 31 points off of 20 Lum­ber­jacks (0-7) turnovers. Henry Caruso scored 13 and had five of Santa Clara’s 23 as­sists. SETONHALL89, TEXASTECH79 » Myles Pow­ell scored seven of his 19 points in a span of 45 sec­onds to lift the Pi­rates (61) over the No. 22 Red Raiders (6-1) at Madi­son Square Gar­den. Keenan Evans led Texas Tech with 21 points. Texas Tech en­tered the game fourth in the na­tion al­low­ing 55 points per game. CARTWRIGHT TO BE SPE­CIAL AS­SIS­TANT AT USF » For­mer USF and NBA star Bill Cartwright will be a spe­cial as­sis­tant to coach Kyle Smith. Cartwright, a mem­ber of the USF Ath­letic Hall of Fame, al­ready serves as the school’s Direc­tor of Univer­sity Ini­tia­tives. Smith also hired for­mer Cal­i­for­nia Com­mu­nity Col­lege coach of the year Mike Le­garza as the hu­man devel­op­ment coach. PITINO SUES » Rick Pitino has sued the Univer­sity of Louisville Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion for $38.7 mil­lion, say­ing it breached his con­tract by plac­ing him on un­paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave with­out no­tice and fir­ing him last month with no legally jus­ti­fied “cause.”


CAL 87, SEAT­TLE 67 » Kris­tine Anigwe scored 25 points to lead the 24th-ranked Bears in a mati­nee per­for­mance at Haas Pav­il­ion as the school hosted more than 4,000 vis­it­ing el­e­men­tary and mid­dle school stu­dents in the fourth an­nual School Haas Rock. Cen­ter CJ West chipped in a ca­reer-high 18 points, and Jae­lyn Brown matched her sea­son-high­with 11 points for Cal (4-2). Cal heads to Santa Clara on Satur­day. SAINTMARY’S74, BOISESTATE 72 » Me­gan McKay scored 27 points, and Jas­mine For­cadilla added 14 points and made two free throws with 12 sec­onds left as the Gaels (5-1) ral­lied from a 10-point deficit start­ing the fourth quar­ter to beat the Bron­cos on the road. NOTRE DAME PLAYER OUT FOR YEAR » Third-ranked Notre will be with­out fresh­man for­ward Mikayla Vaughn for the rest of the sea­son af­ter she tore the ACL in her left knee dur­ing prac­tice Tues­day.


Michi­gan State’s Joshua Lang­ford, shoot­ing over Notre Dame’s Rex Pflueger, scored 17points.

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