Valentine-led No. 8 Michigan State beats Wisconsin 69-57

Michigan State fans try to distract Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes (10) as he shoots a free throw during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Denzel Valentine had 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, leading No. 8 Michigan State to a 69-57 victory over Wisconsin on Thursday night.

The Spartans (22-5, 9-5 Big Ten) went from eighth place in the conference into a four-way tie for fourth with their sixth win in seven games.

Michigan State's Bryn Forbes scored 17 points and Eron Harris had 10.

The Badgers (16-10, 8-5) had won seven straight games dating to their victory Jan. 17, at home against Michigan State.

Wisconsin's Ethan Happ scored 18 points and Bronson Koenig had 12 with a scoring surge late in the game. Nigel Hayes was held to a season-low five points, 12 below his team-high scoring average, for the Badgers.