Kennedy Meeks (3) and Marcus Paige (5) celebrate after North Carolina's win over Duke. (Grant Halverson / Getty Images)
Madison, Wis. ó Becca Mills scored 15 points to lead a balanced offense as No. 23 Michigan State topped Wisconsin 76-66 Thursday.
With the win, Michigan State (18-8, 10-3 Big Ten) remains 1.5 games back of Penn State in the conference standings.
Michigan Stateís margin of victory matched its largest lead of the game, as Wisconsin (10-16, 3-11) stuck with the Spartans throughout the contest.
Michala Johnsonís free throws cut the Michigan State lead to 70-66 with 1:53 left. The Spartans responded as Mills scored with 59 seconds remaining and Aerial Powers went 4-of-4 from the line in the final 30 seconds to preserve the win.
Tori Jankoska had 14 points, seven assists and five steals for MSU. Powers (13), Annalise Pickrel (12), Jasmine Hines (10) and Branndais Agee (10) also reached double figures.
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(At) Ferris State 85, Wayne State 77: Wayne State gave up 50 points in the second half. Shareta Brown led four Warriors in double figures scoring with 19. Wayne State is 19-5 overall and 16-4 in the GLIAC.
(At) Northern Illinois 61, Eastern Michigan 59 (2 OT): Jordan Threloff had 27 points and a career-high 18 boards, including the winning layup with 4 seconds left in double overtime to lift Northern Illinois (12-13, 6-7 Mid-American). Mike Talley scored 17 points to lead Eastern Michigan (15-11, 7-6).
(At) Ferris State 75, Wayne State 72: Bryan Coleman of Southfield Lathrup led Wayne State with 23 points and eight rebounds. The Warriors (11-12, 9-11) will not qualify for the GLIAC tournament.
(At) North Carolina 74, No. 5 Duke: Marcus Paige scored all 13 of his points in the second half, including two big baskets in the final 2.5 minutes.
Senior Leslie McDonald added a season-high 21 points for the Tar Heels (19-7, 9-4 ACC), who rallied from 11 down in the second half to snap a two-game home losing streak to the Blue Devils (21-6, 10-4).
No. 21 UConn 68, (at) Temple 55: Shabazz Napier had 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for Connecticut. Ryan Boatright added 14 points and DeAndre Daniels had 13 for the Huskies (21-5, 9-4 AAC), who won their fourth straight despite shooting 2 for 13 from 3-point range.
No. 22 Memphis 64, (at) Rutgers 59: Michael Dixon Jr. scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half for Memphis, which led from start to finish. The Tigers (20-6, 9-4 AAC), coming off an overtime loss at Connecticut, got 11 points from Joe Jackson and 10 each from Shaq Goodwin and Austin Nichols.