BIG TEN ROUNDUP Friday's other games
Michigan St. 61, No. 9 Illinois 56
INDIANAPOLIS -- Michigan State seniors Paul Davis and Maurice Ager took matters into their own hands against Illinois. Davis and Ager each scored 16 points and Davis added eight rebounds to help the Spartans beat the Illini in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. Sixth-seeded Michigan State (22-10) had lost three of four entering the tournament, including last Saturday's 75-68 loss to Illinois in its home finale. The Spartans will face No. 20 Iowa in Saturday's semifinals. This time, in front of a decidedly partisan Illinois crowd, the Illini (25-6) couldn't duplicate their effort from last Saturday. James Augustine had 16 points and 15 rebounds, but the Illini failed to reach the semis for the first time in the nine-year history of the tournament.
No. 20 Iowa 67, Minnesota 57
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jeff Horner scored 26 points to lead Iowa. Horner's six 3-pointers tied a tournament record. He also had six assists, six rebounds and five steals. Vincent Grier led Minnesota with 29 points, the eighth-highest total in tournament history. He set a tournament record with 13 field goals, but the rest of the Golden Gophers shot 9-for-37. Grier made all but one of Minnesota's field goals in the second half, and he was the only Golden Gopher to reach double figures. Iowa's Greg Brunner scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half. With Iowa leading 39-35 in the second half, Grier dribbled right, came back left and brought down a thunderous left-handed slam with 13:50 left. Grier completed the three-point play to cut Iowa's lead to 39-38. Minnesota (15-14) carried the momentum from Grier's highlight-reel jam to a 45-41 lead, but Horner responded with two free throws, then a 3-pointer, to put second-seeded Iowa (23-8) ahead for good. Brunner scored six points in an 11-4 run that gave the Hawkeyes a 59-51 lead.
Indiana 61, Wisconsin 56
INDIANAPOLIS -- Marco Killingsworth and Marshall Strickland dominated the second half, combining for 28 points, as Indiana held off Wisconsin. It was the Hoosiers' fifth straight win since coach Mike Davis announced his resignation last month. Killingsworth scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half, while Strickland added 14 of his 16 points in the final 20 minutes. Killingsworth finished with 12 rebounds. Indiana (18-10) also solidified its hopes for an NCAA tournament bid by reaching the semifinals for the first time since 2003. It now faces No. 7 Ohio State.
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