Michigan St. 82, Northwestern 48
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) _ Scott Skiles scored 35 points and Michigan State’s 17th-ranked Spartans put together unanswered streaks of 16 and 22 points Thursday night to trounce Northwestern 82-48 in a Big Ten basketball game.
The Spartans ran off 16 points in the first half to take a 22-2 lead and then wrapped it up by scoring 22 straight points in a seven-minute span in the second half to take 64-32 lead.
The victory gave the Spartans a 10-5 record in the Big Ten, one game out of the lead, and 19-6 overall. Northwestern fell to 2-14 and 8-18.
The game started as if the Spartans would post a record rout. With Skiles, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, notching 10 of his points in the early going, the Spartans blew to a 22-2 lead with 10:10 left in the half.
Northwestern’s only score was a basket by Tim Wyss at 17:49. But the Wildcats scored the next 10 points before Skiles broke the run with 6:42 left.
Freshmen Brian Schwabe and Terry Buford helped the Wildcats pull within five points at 30-25, but a basket by Vernon Carr gave Michigan State a 32-25 halftime advantage.
Michigan State upped its lead to 42-32 early in the second half and then scored the next 22 points with Skiles accounting for 12, four coming on free throws as Northwestern Coach Rich Falk was hit with a pair of technical fouls.
Darryl Johnson scored 15 points for the Spartans and Vernon Carr added 14. Buford scored 12 points for Northwestern and Shon Morris added 11.