Nick Ward made all 10 of his shots, scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 10 Michigan State to a 90-68 victory over No. 18 Iowa on Monday night.
“There’s not a lot I can yell at him about,” coach Tom Izzo said. “He did miss some free throws.”
The host Spartans (7-2, 2-0 Big Ten Conference) trailed for more than six minutes in the first half and were behind by as many as six points before Ward led a surge to give them a 43-33 lead at halftime.
The Hawkeyes (6-2, 0-2) missed 19 of 20 shots to open the second half.
at No. 4 Virginia 83, Morgan State 45: De’Andre Hunter and Kyle Guy each scored 15 points for the Cavaliers (8-0). Nine Cavaliers scored during a 24-6 first-half burst that turned a 23-14 lead into a 47-20 runaway. Virginia then kept the defensive clamps on the Bears, who didn’t make their third basket of the second half until 1 minute 57 seconds remained. Malik Miller and Victor Curry led the Bears (2-5) with seven points apiece.
at No. 11 Florida State 83, Troy 67: Leading 42-40, the Seminoles (7-1) went on a 13-2 run in the second half and led comfortably afterward. P.J. Savoy had 16 points for Florida State, which committed 16 turnovers. The Trojans (3-5) had only 10 assists and committed 22 turnovers