East Lansing — Samantha Logic and Melissa Dixon scored 13 points apiece and No. 22 Iowa survived a shaky, wild finish to beat Michigan State, 52-50, on Sunday.
The Spartans kept the high-powered Hawkeye offense (79.8 points a game) in check but couldn't come up with a final key play down the stretch.
Lexi Gussert's layup with 2:31 left pulled Michigan State (9-9, 1-6 Big Ten) within 49-45, but it had turnovers on its next three possessions. Meanwhile the Hawkeyes (14-3, 5-1) couldn't score and Logic (74 percent) and Dixon (86 percent) missed the front end of one-and-one free throws.
Anna Morrissey hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with 20 seconds left to make it 49-48 but the Spartans couldn't get the ball back until after Dixon made two free throws at eight seconds. Down three, MSU's Tori Jankoska was fouled with a half-second to go and she made both free throws, the second on a bank when she was trying to miss.
Ally Disterhoft, who had 12 points, made a last free throw.
Aerial Powers had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans.
(At) Oakland 83, Albion 68: Corey Petros scored 19 and Kahlil Felder had a career-high 13 assists for Oakland (7-12).
Petros was 8-for-8 and had four assists. Jalen Hayes scored 17 and Dante Williams 10.
The Golden Grizzlies shot 32-of-53 from the floor for 60.4 percent, and outrebounded the Britons, 30-23.
Albion led 22-20 with 10:57 to play in the first half. The Golden Grizzlies answered with a 17-2 run and led by double digits the rest of the way.
Zach Hurth scored 15, all from 3-point range, and was the only Albion player in double figures.
Big Ten men
Indiana 80, (at) Illinois 74: Indiana survived an early run from Illinois and battled back to beat the Illini on the road.
James Blackmon Jr. and Troy Williams led the Hoosiers (14-4, 4-1 Big Ten) with 21 points each. Blackmon hit a fast-break layup with 1:07 to play to give the Hoosiers a 75-72 lead that was too much for the Illini (12-7, 2-4).
The Illini opened up an early 11-2 edge on three 3-pointers by Kendrick Nunn. He finished with 24.
But the Hoosiers charged back to lead 38-34 at the half and took the lead for good, 72-71, on Williams' layup with 1:24 to play.
Ahmad Starks scored 19 for Illinois.
Top 25 men
(At) No. 15 North Carolina 68, Virginia Tech 53: Justin Jackson scored 16 points and North Carolina held on for a sloppy win. Brice Johnson added 12 points and 11 rebounds to help the Tar Heels (14-4, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) win their fourth straight.
North Carolina shot 44 percent and overcame 17 turnovers — its most in nearly a month — by forcing Virginia Tech into 14.
The Tar Heels held the Hokies scoreless for nearly 7 minutes and outrebounded them 49-22, allowing them just four on the offensive glass.
Adam Smith had 11 points to lead Virginia Tech (8-9, 0-4), which cut an 18-point deficit to eight and closed to 61-53 on Smith's 3-pointer with just over 2 minutes left.
(At) No. 23 Northern Iowa 60, Missouri State 46: Seth Tuttle had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Northern Iowa, which cruised past Missouri State for its fifth straight win.
Deon Mitchell had 11 for the Panthers (16-2, 5-1 MVC), who moved into a tie for second place in the Valley with Indiana State.
Northern Iowa made quick work of the Bears (8-10, 2-4), who dressed only nine players. The Panthers pushed a 12-point halftime lead to 47-30 midway through the second half and won by double digits for the fourth consecutive game.