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Correction: T25-B10-Wisconsin-Michigan State story

CHICAGO (AP) In a story March 16 about a Big Ten Tournament semifinal between Wisconsin and Michigan State, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Kenny Goins missed a dunk in the closing seconds of the first half. It was Xavier Tillman who missed the dunk.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Winston, Goins lead No. 6 Michigan State into Big Ten final

Cassius Winston, Kenny Goins lead the way as No. 6 Michigan State beats No. 19 Wisconsin 67-55 in Big Ten semis

By JAY COHEN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) - Once Cassius Winston and Kenny Goins powered Michigan State to a fast start, Wisconsin was in deep trouble.

Tough to chase down the Spartans in March.

Winston scored 21 points and Goins had 13 points and 12 rebounds, helping No. 6 Michigan State beat No. 19 Wisconsin 67-55 in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals on Saturday.

Goins, Aaron Henry and Xavier Tillman led a dominant rebounding effort as the Spartans earned their seventh consecutive win in their series against the Badgers. Tillman finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, and Henry grabbed a career-high 11 boards to power Michigan State to a 44-30 advantage on the glass.

''All in all, a gritty performance by us,'' coach Tom Izzo said.

Winston shook out his left ankle a bit after he accidentally kicked Wisconsin guard Brad Davison with about 4 minutes left in the first half. But the Big Ten Player of the Year stayed in the game and showed no sign of trouble while going 9 for 17 from the field and passing for six assists.

Winston said he was fine, but Izzo made it sound as if it was tenuous for a bit.

''Cassius was on adrenaline, he's been on adrenaline for a while,'' Izzo said. ''At halftime, I really didn't know what was going to happen. So adrenaline kicked in and it got him through parts of another half.''

The top-seeded Spartans (27-6) earned their ninth win in 10 games and will go for their sixth Big Ten tourney title on Sunday against Michigan. The 10th-ranked Wolverines advanced with a 76-49 victory over Minnesota.

''Just another chance at a championship. That's what we play for here,'' Winston said. ''That's what it's all about at Michigan State.''

Wisconsin star Ethan Happ bounced back nicely from a shaky performance in the quarterfinals against Nebraska, finishing with 20 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots. Kobe King had 13 points, but the Badgers (23-10) shot just 35 percent from the field.

Nate Reuvers, who had 14 points in the victory over the Cornhuskers, was 0 for 7 from the field and failed to score. D'Mitrik Trice had seven points on 3-for-10 shooting before fouling out with about a minute left.

''For the most part, I think we got a lot of open looks,'' Trice said. ''I thought we passed it around really well. It just didn't fall.''

Especially at the beginning.

While the Badgers stumbled at the start, the 6-foot-7 Goins swished his first three 3-point attempts in the first 6 minutes of the game. Tillman made a foul shot and then converted a three-point play to give the Spartans a 27-10 lead with 7:42 left in the first half.

Wisconsin closed to 35-27 at the break, helped by a missed dunk by Tillman in the final seconds. The Badgers challenged the Spartans at a few points down the stretch, but Winston and Goins had an answer every time.

After Happ's driving layup got Wisconsin within seven early in the second half, Goins found Tillman under the basket for a big jam. The Badgers closed to 47-41 on Khalil Iverson's three-point play before Winston converted a layup and Goins rattled home a 3-pointer to help run the lead back out to nine with 9:12 to go.

''We could never overcome the start and couldn't get back after they got hot at the beginning,'' coach Greg Gard said.

WATCHING WARD

Michigan State forward Nick Ward was hampered by foul trouble in his second game back after being sidelined by a broken left hand. He finished with two points and three rebounds in a little less than 11 minutes.

''I'm pleased where Nick is coming,'' Izzo said. ''I really was hoping to play him 16, 18 minutes today. But he'll get his chance. We have another game to play.''

BIG PICTURE

Wisconsin: Happ looked like his usual self, but the Badgers were shut out for more than seven minutes during one key stretch in the second half. They also managed just three fast-break points.

Michigan State: Izzo lamented Michigan State's 15 turnovers and worried about his substitution patterns, but there was a lot to like, too. The Spartans had 18 assists on 23 baskets.

UP NEXT

Wisconsin: Heads home to figure out where it's going for the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan State: Tries for a third win against Michigan this season. The Spartans beat the Wolverines 77-70 on Feb. 24 and 75-63 last Saturday.

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Key Players
E. Happ
22 F
C. Winston
5 G
32.9 Min. Per Game 32.9
18.9 Pts. Per Game 18.9
7.5 Ast. Per Game 7.5
3.2 Reb. Per Game 3.2
53.1 Field Goal % 47.5
0.0 Three Point % 40.8
46.5 Free Throw % 83.7
  Defensive rebound by Thomas Kithier 0.0
  Kobe King missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Brevin Pritzl 10.0
  Aaron Henry missed floating jump shot 12.0
+ 1 Kobe King made free throw 42.0
  Shooting foul on Foster Loyer 42.0
+ 2 Kobe King made driving layup, assist by Ethan Happ 42.0
+ 1 Xavier Tillman made 2nd of 2 free throws 47.0
+ 1 Xavier Tillman made 2nd of 2 free throws 47.0
  Xavier Tillman missed 1st of 2 free throws 47.0
  Personal foul on Khalil Iverson 47.0
Team Stats
Points 55 67
Field Goals 24-68 (35.3%) 23-53 (43.4%)
3-Pointers 2-19 (10.5%) 9-21 (42.9%)
Free Throws 5-9 (55.6%) 12-15 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 30 44
Offensive 9 6
Defensive 19 36
Team 2 2
Assists 9 18
Steals 7 4
Blocks 5 4
Turnovers 5 14
Fouls 15 16
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
21 PTS, 2 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo 19 Wisconsin 23-10 272855
home team logo 6 Michigan State 27-6 353267
Team Stats
away team logo 19 Wisconsin 23-10 68.6 PPG 38.1 RPG 12.6 APG
home team logo 6 Michigan State 27-6 77.6 PPG 43.3 RPG 18.3 APG
Key Players
22
E. Happ F 17.3 PPG 10.1 RPG 4.5 APG 53.0 FG%
5
C. Winston G 18.8 PPG 3.0 RPG 7.5 APG 46.0 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Happ F 20 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
C. Winston G 21 PTS 2 REB 6 AST
35.3 FG% 43.4
10.5 3PT FG% 42.9
55.6 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Happ 20 6 3 10/20 0/0 0/1 3 33 2 4 1 1 5
K. Iverson 8 5 0 3/5 0/0 2/3 2 27 1 0 1 4 1
D. Trice 7 4 3 3/10 1/6 0/0 5 31 2 0 1 0 4
B. Davison 5 3 1 2/9 0/5 1/1 1 32 1 1 0 1 2
N. Reuvers 0 2 2 0/7 0/2 0/1 1 20 0 0 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Happ 20 6 3 10/20 0/0 0/1 3 33 2 4 1 1 5
K. Iverson 8 5 0 3/5 0/0 2/3 2 27 1 0 1 4 1
D. Trice 7 4 3 3/10 1/6 0/0 5 31 2 0 1 0 4
B. Davison 5 3 1 2/9 0/5 1/1 1 32 1 1 0 1 2
N. Reuvers 0 2 2 0/7 0/2 0/1 1 20 0 0 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. King 13 3 0 5/10 1/3 2/3 1 26 0 0 2 1 2
C. Thomas IV 2 1 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 7 1 0 0 1 0
B. Pritzl 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 2
M. Ballard 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Ford 0 2 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 14 0 0 0 0 2
W. McGrory 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Strickland 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Potter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Currie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Higginbottom - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hedstrom - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 55 28 9 24/68 2/19 5/9 15 200 7 5 5 9 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Winston 21 2 6 9/17 1/5 2/2 2 28 0 0 2 1 1
X. Tillman 17 7 4 5/8 0/1 7/9 2 29 0 1 1 1 6
K. Goins 13 12 4 4/9 4/7 1/2 1 36 0 2 2 1 11
M. McQuaid 8 1 1 2/9 2/5 2/2 2 37 2 0 3 0 1
A. Henry 6 11 2 2/6 2/2 0/0 3 30 1 0 3 1 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Winston 21 2 6 9/17 1/5 2/2 2 28 0 0 2 1 1
X. Tillman 17 7 4 5/8 0/1 7/9 2 29 0 1 1 1 6
K. Goins 13 12 4 4/9 4/7 1/2 1 36 0 2 2 1 11
M. McQuaid 8 1 1 2/9 2/5 2/2 2 37 2 0 3 0 1
A. Henry 6 11 2 2/6 2/2 0/0 3 30 1 0 3 1 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Ward 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 4 11 1 1 2 1 2
K. Ahrens 0 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 1 1
G. Brown 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 1
T. Kithier 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1
F. Loyer 0 2 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 12 0 0 1 0 2
C. George - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Burke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Langford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hoiberg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bingham Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 42 18 23/53 9/21 12/15 16 200 4 4 14 6 36