AUSTIN, Texas -- Adreian Payne came through for Michigan State when teammate Keith Appling was having an off day.
Payne scored a career-high 33 points in Michigan State's 92-78 victory over Texas on Saturday, helping the Spartans (10-1) dominate the final 11 minutes of the game after the Longhorns (10-2) controlled the game early on.
"This is probably Adreian Payne's best game of his life and definitely of his Michigan State career," Spartans head coach Tom Izzo said. "We went to him just about every time and he delivered almost every time, with the way he shot from the field, from the 3-point line, from the free throw line, getting nine boards. He did a heck of a job."
Payne hit 10 of his 13 shots from the floor and knocked down 11 of 12 attempts from the free throw line. He hit a pair of free throws to complete a 14-2 run Michigan State used to put the game away over a 4:22 stretch midway through the second half.
"Payne got off scotch-free in the second half because we didn't make him defend," Texas head coach Rick Barnes said. "Michigan State, they weren't No. 1 a couple weeks ago for no reason. They beat us. We really needed to make Adreian Payne defend. We didn't do that."
Appling, battling a hip pointer, had one of the worst shooting days of his career, connecting on only 2 of 11 attempts from the floor.
Payne was one of six Spartans to score during that 14-2 run. Branden Dawson, who had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, started with a layup. Gary Harris, who missed three of the previous four games with an ankle injury, followed with a 3-point play.
Between Gavin Schilling's putback and Travis Trice's 3-pointer, Appling got a layup to go, one of his few bright moments. But the way he responded after the game was one of Izzo's favorite moments of the game.
"Listening to him after the game, thanking the guys for picking him up was maybe as big a part of this as the win," Izzo said. "We came down here Thursday night because of plane issues. I wasn't really happy about that but it turned out to be really good because we got to spend a little team time. I hink our team grew a little bit."
Cameron Ridley scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in a first half mostly controlled by the Longhorns, who was coming off an 86-83 win at No. 14 North Carolina. Texas opened the game on an 8-2 run and Michigan State led for only 56 seconds in the first half when Dawson gave the Spartans a 21-19 edge with a layup.
But the Longhorns quickly reclaimed the lead on two 3s by Damarcus Croaker. Javan Felix hit a 15-footer in the final seconds of the first half to give Texas a 38-36 lead going into halftime. His only 3-pointer of the game put the Longhorns on top 47-43 early in the second half but they never held that large of a lead again.
"All in all, it wasn't a championship but it's a big road win for us against a very, very good team," Izzo said. "I think both of those teams have a bright future in the second half of the year."
Texas entered the game averaging nearly 10 more rebounds per game than its opponent. But Michigan State outrebounded the Longhorns, 25-13, in the second half and shot 50 percent from the floor for the game while holding Texas to 39.3 percent shooting.
"We have to learn how to play for 40 minutes, especially against good teams like Michigan State," Felix said. "We played right into their hands by not moving the ball and not getting any movement on offense. That resulted in fastbreak points and got them in a rhythm."
NO. 6 LOUISVILLE 85, FIU 56
MIAMI -- Russ Smith scored 18 points, Wayne Blackshear added 13 and No. 6 Louisville won its sixth straight, easing past FIU 85-56
Smith had 12 in the first half for the Cardinals (11-1), who never trailed and were rarely threatened, outside of a couple brief early stretches where the game was tight.
Tymell Murphy scored 16 points and former Louisville player Rakeen Buckles added 13 for FIU (8-5), which was coached last season by Richard Pitino, the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino.
Rick Pitino decided to honor the contract and play FIU, offering to do so in Miami even after his son left the Panthers to take over at Minnesota after last season. When Richard Pitino left FIU, Louisville had the option of canceling the series.
NO. 8 VILLANOVA 88, RIDER 67
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Freshman Josh Hart came off the bench to score 19 points and No. 8 Villanova stayed perfect with an 88-67 rout of Rider on Saturday.
One of 12 unbeaten teams remaining in Division I, the Wildcats (11-0) are off to their best start since the 1961-62 team won its first 12.
NO. 14 NORTH CAROLINA 97, DAVIDSON 85 OT
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Marcus Paige scored 11 of his 17 points in overtime to help No. 14 North Carolina hold off Davidson 97-85.
Paige missed his first six shots and didn't score until the 8:17 mark of the second half, but took over late to help the Tar Heels (8-3) bounce back from Wednesday's loss to Texas and avoid another surprising home defeat.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Shaq Goodwin scored 20 points, Joe Jackson added 16 and No. 15 Memphis pulled away for a 77-65 win over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday night.
Goodwin made 10 of 12 shots and had eight rebounds as the Tigers (8-2) recovered from Tuesday night's 77-75 loss to No. 16 Florida at Madison Square Garden.
NO. 16 FLORIDA 66,
FRESNO STATE 49
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Will Yeguete led a strong rebounding effort by the 16th-ranked Florida Gators, who pulled away in the second half to beat Fresno State 66-49 in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Yeguete had five offensive rebounds and a season-high 10 total for the Gators, who had a 47-24 advantage on the boards, by far their largest this season. Florida won easily despite shooting only 42 percent.
NO. 18 KANSAS 86,
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Tarik Black came off the bench to score 17 points, Joel Embiid also had 17 and No. 18 Kansas bludgeoned Georgetown 86-64 in the Hoyas' first visit to Allen Fieldhouse.
Andrew Wiggins added 12 points and Naadir Tharpe had 10 for the Jayhawks (8-3), who proved once more why the Phog is such a hostile venue. Kansas pushed its non-conference home winning streak to 67 games by pounding one of the nation's premier programs.
NO. 19 KENTUCKY 93,
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Julius Randle scored a career-high 29 points and led a second-half rally that pushed No. 19 Kentucky past stubborn Belmont 93-80.
A week after a season-worst performance in a loss at North Carolina, the 6-foot-9 freshman forward made all eight shots from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds. More importantly, he asserted himself late in the first half and throughout the second for the Wildcats (9-3), who found themselves in a battle against the team that upset the Tar Heels earlier this season.
KANSAS STATE 72,
NO. 21 GONZAGA 62
WICHITA, Kan. -- Thomas Gipson scored eight of his 14 points in the game's decisive minutes and freshman Marcus Foster also had 14 points as Kansas State outlasted No. 21 Gonzaga 72-62 at Intrust Bank Arena.
FLORIDA STATE 60,
NO. 22 MASSACHUSETTS 55
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida State scored the game's final six points, including two free throws by Ian Miller with 1:06 left that put the Seminoles ahead, and they handed No. 22 Massachusetts its first defeat of the season, 60-55, in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Florida State (8-3) beat a ranked team for the second time this season. UMass (10-1) had been off to its best start since 1995.
Chaz Williams' driving layup put UMass ahead 55-54 with 1:51 to go, but the Minutemen failed to score on their final four possessions while committing two turnovers, including one when Cady Lalanne was called for hanging on the rim after dunk.
ILLINOIS 65, MISSOURI 64
ST. LOUIS -- Tracy Abrams scored a season-best 22 points and made two free throws with 4.6 seconds to lift Illinois over No. 23 Missouri 65-64 in the annual Braggin' Rights game.
TOLEDO 69, CLEVELAND STATE 67
TOLEDO -- J.D. Weatherspoon carried much of the load and scored 18 points as Toledo narrowly edged Cleveland St 69-67 on Saturday in a non-conference matchup.
Weatherspoon also grabbed eight rebounds and Nathan Boothe added 14 points as Toledo (11-0) matched their best start since 1966.
Napoleon graduate Jordan Lauf had three points for the Rockets.
EASTERN MICHIGAN 81,
OAKLAND 79 OT
ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Darell Combs hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds left as Eastern Michigan edged Oakland 81-79 in overtime.
After Combs' 3 gave Eastern Michigan (7-3) an 80-79 lead, Oakland missed a jumper with nine seconds left and committed a foul. Combs then made 1 of 2 free throws and Travis Bader missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Oakland (3-10).
WESTERN MICHIGAN 92,
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 53
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- David Brown scored 15 points and Jared Klein added 14 to help Western Michigan cruise past Prairie View A&M 92-53.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 66,
BALL STATE 58
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Jalen Pendleton scored 21 points to lead Southern Illinois to a 66-58 victory over Ball State.
Desmar Jackson also had 19 points for Southern Illinois (3-8).
MANHATTAN 84, BUFFALO 81 OT
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Rhamel Brown made two crucial blocks as Manhattan took an 84-81 overtime victory over Buffalo at the Barclays Center.
Rich Williams' putback gave the Jaspers an 83-81 lead with 18 seconds left in overtime. Brown blocked two consecutive shots and teammate RaShawn Stores was fouled. Stores made 1 of 2 free throws, and a final Bulls 3-point shot missed.
TENNESEE STATE 64
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Will Sullivan and Will Felder combined for 40 points in leading Miami (Ohio) to a 79-64 win over Tennessee State.
Sullivan scored 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting while Felder added 19, shooting 6 of 11 and grabbing eight rebounds for the RedHawks.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE 48
CINCINNATI -- Sean Kilpatrick tied his season-high with 23 points as Cincinnati shook off a sluggish first half to roll to a 69-48 win over Middle Tennessee.
Justin Jackson recorded his third career double-double, all this season, with 16 points and 12 rebounds -- tying his career-high -- to help Cincinnati (9-2) win its second straight game after losing two in a row. Jackson also had four blocked shots, one shy of his season-high.
XAVIER 77, ALABAMA 74
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Isaiah Philmore had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Xavier to a come-from-behind 77-74 victory over Alabama on Saturday night.
Matt Stainbrook added 17 points, Dee Davis 12 and Myles Davis 10 for the Musketeers (9-3).
Retin Obasohan nailed a 3-pointer to pull the Crimson Tide to within 75-74 with 4 seconds remaining, but Dee Davis made two free throws with 2 seconds left.
ST. JOHN'S 96,
YOUNGSTOWN STATE 87
NEW YORK -- D'Angelo Harrison became St. John's all-time leader in made 3-pointers and finished with 29 points to lead the Red Storm to a 96-87 win over Youngstown St.
Phil Greene IV added 17, while JaKarr Sampson and Sir'Dominic Pointer each added 16 for the Red Storm (8-3), who have won four of their last five.
IPFW 86, EASTERN ILLINOIS 65
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Steve Forbes scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds as IPFW cruised to an 86-65 victory over Eastern Illinois.