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No. 4 Michigan holds off No. 9 Michigan State

Trey Burke stole the ball from Keith Appling near midcourt and went in alone for a dunk with 22 seconds remaining, then made another steal in the final seconds to give No. 4 Michigan a pulsating 58-57 win over No. 9 Michigan State Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Spartans (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten) had the ball with the shot clock off at 56-all, but Burke’s first big defensive play enabled Michigan (24-5, 11-5) to take the lead. After Derrick Nix made one of two free throws and Mitch McGary missed the front end of a 1-and-1 for Michigan, Burke stole a pass by Gary Harris to end it.

‘‘I take my eyes off it for a second to see their formation, and there’s Trey going down the other end,’’ Wolverines coach John Beilein said.

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The Michigan State loss clinches at least a share of the Big Ten title for Indiana.

The Wolverines avenged a 75-52 loss at Michigan State last month.

Burke had 21 points and eight assists. Michigan won despite going 0 for 12 from 3-point range, which seemed like an impossible turn of events after the defensively maligned Wolverines lost at Penn State on Wednesday night.

Adreian Payne had 17 points and Harris added 16 for the Spartans.

‘‘They’ve got a good team,’’ Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. ‘‘We did some real good things, but unfortunately, ‘good’ isn’t good enough in this league.’’

Maligned for weeks because of shaky defense, Michigan was more disruptive Sunday.

‘‘Today it was all about grit,’’ Beilein said. ‘‘We just had to get a win, especially after our Wednesday night disappointment.’’

Purdue 69, Wisconsin 56 — D.J. Byrd scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and the Boilermakers upset the No. 17 Badgers in Madison, Wis.

Terone Johnson added 16 points for the Boilermakers (14-15, 7-9 Big Ten), who had lost three straight road games and four of five overall. Purdue took control with a 21-3 run in the second half during which Byrd had 9 points and Johnson 8.

Jared Berggren scored 13 points and Ryan Evans and Sam Dekker had 10 apiece for the Badgers (20-9, 11-5), who had won six of their previous seven.

Pittsburgh 73, Villanova 64 — Talib Zanna scored 9 of his 14 points in overtime and the 23d-ranked Panthers rallied past the visiting Wildcats.

Zanna added a career-high 19 rebounds for the Panthers (23-7, 11-6 Big East), who trailed by as much as 9 in the second half. James Robinson also had 14 points for Pitt, including a tying 3-pointer with 33 seconds left in regulation and another in overtime that gave the Panthers a 5-point lead.

Ryan Arcidiacono led Villanova with 23 points but the Wildcats (18-12, 9-8) let an opportunity to pad their NCAA Tournament resume slip away in the final Big East game at Petersen Events Center.

Hartford 61, Vermont 58 — Nate Sikma’s 3-pointer at the buzzer helped the Hawks snap a 15-game losing streak to the host Catamounts in the teams’ final game before the America East Conference tournament.

The Hawks (17-12, 10-6) earned the third seed and will face Maryland-Baltimore County in the quarterfinals Saturday.

The Catamounts (19-10, 11-5) will face New Hampshire.

The shot by Sikma, who finished with 15 points, was his fourth 3-pointer on seven attempts.

Hartford used 3-point shots to good advantage, making 12 of 25 to Vermont’s 3 of 8.

Trey Blue scored 12 points and Luke Apfeld 10 for the Catamounts.

New Hampshire 79, Maine 74 — Ferg Myrick hit a go-ahead free throw with 32 seconds left and finished with a career-high 27 points as the Wildcats edged the Black Bears in each team’s regular-season finale in Durham, N.H.

The Wildcats (9-19, 5-11 America East) trailed, 72-69, with 2 minutes left, but got a 3-pointer from Chandler Rhoads and a jumper from Chris Matagrano to take a 74-72 lead.

Justin Edwards hit 9 of 9 foul shots and finished with 29 points for Maine (11-18, 6-10).

Alasdair Fraser added 22 points and Mike Allison grabbed 12 boards.

Women

Duke 65, North Carolina 58 — Freshman Alexis Jones scored a season-high 22 points and the fifth-ranked Blue Devils beat the 15th-ranked Tar Heels in Durham, N.C., for their Atlantic Coast Conference-record 17th regular-season league victory.

Elizabeth Williams added 13 points for the Blue Devils (27-2, 17-1).

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt led North Carolina (25-6, 14-4) with 16 points on 5-of-23 shooting.

Kentucky 78, Tennessee 65 — A’dia Mathies scored 13 second-half points, including back-to-back 3-pointers during a 19-6 run, to help the 10th-ranked Wildcats pull away from the No. 8 Lady Vols in Lexington, Ky.

Penn St. 82, Nebraska 67 — Maggie Lucas scored 34 points to lead the seventh-ranked Lady Lions past the No. 20 Cornhuskers, clinching their second straight outright Big Ten championship and ending the hosts’ 10-game win streak.

Lucas made a career-high eight 3-pointers.

Maryland 88, Wake Forest 61 — At College Park, Md., Tianna Hawkins scored 18 points, Alyssa Thomas added 16, and the ninth-ranked Terrapins beat the Demon Deacons for the 14th straight time.

BC 74, Georgia Tech 68 — Katie Zenevitch collected 20 points and six rebounds and Nicole Boudreau added 16 points, including four 3-pointers, as the Eagles knocked off the Yellow Jackets at Conte Forum.

Kristin Doherty added 13 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds for BC (11-18, 5-13 ACC).

Northeastern 79, Old Dominion 60 — Deanna Kerkhoff pumped in 21 points and Jewel Tunstull collected 19 points and 15 rebounds as the Huskies routed the Lady Monarchs at Solomon Court.

A’lece Mark scored 11 points and added a game-high four assists for NU (16-11, 9-7 CAA).

Virginia Commonwealth 55, Rhode Island 46 — Robyn Parks scored a game-high 22 points as the hosts rolled past URI.

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