Junior guard Darryl Johnson scored 26 points and combined with Scott Skiles to head a ball-hawking Michigan State defense as the No. 19 Spartans upset No. 7 Michigan, 74-59, in a Big Ten Conference game last night in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Spartans are 18-6 overall, 9-5 in the Big Ten. Michigan (22-4, 10-4) had won 24 straight at Crisler Arena.
Johnson took control after Richard Rellford's layup gave Michigan a 43-40 lead with 17:51 remaining. He scored four straight layups, and the Spartans led, 48-43, with 14:11 left.
Michigan trailed by 52-49 with 10:37 to play when Michigan State went on another 8-0 run. The Wolverines scored only 22 points in the second half, shooting 33 percent from the floor.
Skiles finished with 20 points, held Michigan's Antoine Joubert to eight points and helped limit center Roy Tarpley to six second-half points. Indiana 61, Illinois 60
In Champaign, Ill., Steve Alford scored 24 points to help No. 15 Indiana move into the lead in the Big Ten.
Illinois, which trailed by 61-54 with 4:50 to play, cut the lead on two baskets by Tony Wysinger and one by Glynn Blackwell, while holding the Hoosiers scoreless in the final five minutes. Wysinger missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have given the Illini the victory.
Indiana (18-5, 10-3) trailed by 8-2 four minutes into the game, but took a 9-8 lead on Winston Morgan's three-point play.
Illinois (17-6, 9-6) tied at 15, but Indiana ran off seven points for a 22-15 lead on Alford's 18-foot jumper with 8:13 left. UTEP 64, Colorado St. 61
Mike Richmond scored 17 points and Dave Feitl 16, and each had eight rebounds for the Miners in a Western Athletic Conference game in Fort Collins, Colo.
The Miners (22-5, 10-4) scored the first six points but trailed the Rams (11-14, 6-7) at halftime, 29-26. Texas-El Paso took the lead for good at 39-38 with 15:07 left. UNLV 92, New Mexico St. 75
Junior guard Freddie Banks scored 25 points to lead 11th-ranked Nevada-Las Vegas over its Pacific Coast Athletic Association visitors. The Runnin' Rebels (26-3, 14-1) clinched their fourth straight PCAA title.
The Rebels held the Aggies (15-9, 9-6) scoreless over a period of 5 1/2 minutes early in the game to break away from an 11-11 tie to a 24-11 lead with 6 1/2 minutes left before halftime. LSU 74, Vanderbilt 68
In Nashville, sophomore forward John Williams scored 25 points and guard Derrick Taylor 20 as the Tigers won a Southeastern Conference game.
The Tigers improved to 20-8, becoming the eighth team in LSU history to win 20 in a season. The Tigers are 8-7 in the SEC. Vanderbilt is 12-12, 6-9.
LSU, behind 13 points from Williams, took a 30-22 lead at the half, and scored the first four points of the second half. UCLA 76, California 63
Junior forward Reggie Miller, the fourth-leading scorer in the country, had 27 points to lead the Bruins to a Pacific-10 victory at Pauley Pavilion.
The triumph avenged a 75-67 victory by the Golden Bears at Berkeley Jan. 25. That decision broke a 52-game UCLA winning streak over Cal. Both teams have 7-6 Pac-10 records. The Bruins are 12-10 overall, the Bears are 15-8. Purdue 85, Ohio St. 79
Sophomore guard Troy Lewis scored 20 points as Purdue rallied in West Lafayette, Ind. The Boilermakers (20-7, 9-5) moved into a third-place tie in the Big Ten with Michigan State. Junior forward Dennis Hopson scored a game-high 27 points and Brad Sellers had 22 for Ohio State (12-11, 6-7).
Purdue led by 68-57 with 8:41 to play. The Buckeyes ran off eight points to even the score at 71. Purdue then hit six free throws to Ohio State's one to lead by 81-77. The Boilermakers made 23 of 29 free throws in the second half. Bradley 88, Drake 79
In Peoria, Ill., Mike Williams scored 26 points and had nine rebounds as the No. 12 Braves clinched the Missouri Valley Conference title.
Bradley, which tied a school record by winning its 18th consecutive contest, is 27-1, 14-0. Drake is 17-7, 9-4.
Drake led by five points several times in the first half, taking a 42-37 halftime lead. Bradley didn't get the lead in the second half until Williams made two free throws with 11:45 remaining.