Michigan St. 66, Iowa 61

Draymond Green had 21 points and 14 rebounds to help Michigan

State beat Iowa 66-61 on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten

tournament and keep its NCAA tournament hopes alive.

Iowa’s Matt Gatens missed a 3-pointer that could have tied the

game with 6 seconds remaining.

Kalin Lucas scored 11 points and Keith Appling added 10 for

Michigan State, which advanced to play No. 9 Purdue (25-6) in the


Michigan State (18-13) has played in the last two Final Fours

and hasn’t missed the NCAA tournament since the 1996-97 season, but

the seventh-seeded Spartans felt they needed to beat 10th-seeded

Iowa to boost their chances of continuing that streak.

Bryce Cartwright had 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists

and Gatens had 13 points for Iowa (11-20), which was coming off a

win over then-No. 6 Purdue.