Michigan State sputtered, then finally spurted past North Carolina Asheville, 76-56, Monday night at East Lansing, Mich., giving the No. 17 Spartans (7-3) a Big Ten-record 51st consecutive victory at home. In other games involving top teams:
Travis Watson scored 16 points as No. 5 Virginia (6-0) routed Charleston Southern, 74-54, at Charlottesville, Va.... Maurice Baker scored all 22 of his points in the first half to lead No. 6 Oklahoma State (10-0) to a 79-44 victory over Northwestern State at Stillwater, Okla.... Mike Sweetney had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 16 Georgetown (9-1) to a 99-80 victory against cross-town rival Howard at Washington.... Steve Logan scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half as No. 25 Cincinnati (8-1) defeated Richmond, 77-46, at Cincinnati.... Andy Ellis scored 25 points and Kasib Powell added 18 as Texas Tech (8-1) defeated Louisiana Lafayette, 89-72, at Lubbock, Texas.... Butler improved to 10-0 with a 66-46 victory against Mount St. Mary's at Emmittsburg, Md.