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Sunday's college basketball roundup: MSU women lose

Detroit News wire services

East Lansing, Mich. — Michigan State scored the first five points but Northwestern rallied with a 14-2 run and held on to upset the 20th-ranked Spartans, 61-57, in a Big Ten Conference opener on Sunday.

Nia Coffey scored 15 points and Christen Inman added 13 as the Wildcats (11-1, 1-0) beat the defending conference champions despite 38 percent shooting, being outrebounded 51-39, and outscored in nearly every category.

That's because Michigan State (8-4, 0-1) hit just 29 percent of its shots — and just 9 of 37 in the first half. Becca Mills scored 21 with 16 rebounds, but shot just 8-of-20. Aerial Powers added 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Northwestern won 10 straight to open the season, its longest streak since 1995.

The Spartans closed to within 57-54 when Mills scored on a layup after a Michigan State timeout with 1:47 remaining. But the team wouldn't score again until the game was out of reach.

More state women

(At) Wisconsin 63, Michigan 53: Shannon Smith scored 14 and Cyesha Goree had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Wolverines (8-4, 0-1 Big Ten), who couldn't keep up with the Badgers' hot shooting (8-of-14 on 3-pointers).

Nicole Bauman made four threes and scored 21 for Wisconsin (5-6, 1-0).

(At) Central Michigan 74, Oakland 69: Crystal Bradford put in a layup with 47 seconds remaining as the Chippewas regained the lead after a 16-4 run by the Golden Grizzlies.

Bradford finished with 20 points and Jessica Green also had 20 for Central Michigan (5-5), which was 21-of-28 at the free throw line.

Nola Anderson scored a career-high 21 points and Olivia Nash (16 points, 13 rebounds) tallied a double-double for Oakland (6-6). Elena Popkey scored 12.

(At) Stony Brook 59, Western Michigan 55: Alex Morton scored 15, Miracle Woods 13 and A.J. Johnson 12 in the loss for the Broncos (6-4).

Sabre Proctor scored 20 for Stony Brook (6-6), which stormed from behind with 36 points in the second half.

State men

(At) Eastern Michigan 100, Concordia 42: Karrington Ward scored 15 to lead a balanced Eagles attack. Jodan Price's 3-pointer with 51 seconds left put Eastern Michigan into triple digits for the first time since Nov. 14, 2008.

Mike Samuels had a career-high 12 points for Eastern Michigan (11-2). Ethan Alvano, Mike Talley and Raven Lee added 10 points apiece.

Alec Turner scored nine for Concordia, the seventh Eastern opponent this season held to under 30 percent shooting from the field (15-of-52).

Top 25 men

No. 17 St. John's 82, Tulane 57: Sir'Dominic Pointer had a career-high 24 points to lead St. John's in the first game of the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival tripleheader.

D'Angelo Harrison scored 21 and became St. John's fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,829 points. Pointer also added a career-high seven steals, grabbed four rebounds, had four assists and blocked two shots for the Red Storm (10-1).

Big Ten men

Rutgers 59, (at) Monmouth (N.J.) 58: Myles Mack scored 16 points, including the buzzer-beating winner for Rutgers (8-5).

Justin Robinson scored 13 for Monmouth (5-7).