Spartans rally in OT

LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer Published:

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State can't count on many of its players to perform consistently well.

Keith Appling has been an exception in Big Ten play.

Appling scored 24 points to help the fifth-ranked Spartans beat Minnesota 87-75 in overtime Saturday after overcoming a double-digit deficit in the second half and blowing a lead late in regulation.

"No lead is safe at the end of a game, especially in the Big Ten," Appling said.

The Spartans (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten) are well aware of that fact.

The Spartans scored 15 straight points while holding the Golden Gophers (13-4, 2-2) scoreless for nearly 8 minutes after trailing 53-43 with 15:57 left.

Michigan State missed an opportunity to win in regulation for the second straight game, losing a five-point lead in the last 13 seconds.

The Spartans were without Adreian Payne because of a sprained right foot.

"There's nothing medically wrong that we can observe," coach Tom Izzo said. "There's no stress fracture. He wanted to play. He's not being a wimp. He just didn't feel he could, so I didn't want to take a chance and suit him up."

Payne didn't start the previous game, but scored 18 points in an overtime win over No. 3 Ohio State in which Michigan State wasted a 17-point lead in the second half.

"We deserve some criticism for how we've executed," Izzo said.

Late in regulation, the Gophers (13-4, 2-2) made plays and got a break that gave them a shot to pull off an upset.

Minnesota's Malik Smith made his fifth 3-pointer, Gary Harris missed two free throws with 11.3 seconds left for the Spartans and DeAndre Mathieu's layup with 1.7 seconds left tied the game and sent it to overtime.

First-year Gophers coach Richard Pitino was glad Mathieu made the shot, but it wasn't the one he wanted.

"I was running a play and trying to shoot a 3 to be honest with you," Pitino said.

Michigan State scored the first nine points of OT, ending Minnesota's chance to beat a top-five team on its home court for the first time in school history and to win at the Breslin Center for the first time since 1997.

"Anytime you go on the road in a great environment and you step up for 40 minutes and you don't win the game, it is a bit of a missed opportunity," Pitino said. "But there will be plenty more."

Minnesota's next two home games are against Ohio State and Wisconsin, teams currently ranked No. 3 and No. 4 in The Associated Press poll.

No. 2 SYRACUSE 57, UNC 45

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- C.J. Fair scored 20 points, Jerami Grant had 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and No. 2 Syracuse beat North Carolina 57-45 Saturday in an Atlantic Coast Conference marquee matchup.

Syracuse (16-0, 3-0) evened its all-time record against the North Carolina (10-6, 0-3) to 4-4. UNC started 0-2 in ACC play three times in the past five years and five times overall, and the loss to Syracuse equaled the worst conference start in school history in 1996-97, Dean Smith's final year as head coach.

It was the fewest points scored by North Carolina since posting 44 in a loss to Duke in 1979.

No. 7 BAYLOR 88, TCU 62

WACO, Texas -- Taurean Prince scored 15 of his career-high 23 points off the bench when Baylor took control before halftime and went on to a victory over instate rival TCU.

The Bears (13-2, 1-1 Big 12) won their 13th consecutive home game, the latest in the streak coming four days after they lost their conference opener 87-72 at No. 9 Iowa State.

Baylor went ahead to stay against TCU (9-6, 0-3) with a 16-3 run midway through the first half. Prince had a pair of layups in the 5-minute spurt that Brady Heslip capped with a 3-pointer that made it 25-14.

No. 8 VILLANOVA 74, ST. JOHN'S 67

NEW YORK -- JayVaughn Pinkston had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Villanova overcame some early shooting woes to beat St. John's.

The Wildcats (15-1, 4-0 Big East) came into the game having shot better than 50 percent from the field and 3-point range in their last three games. Against St. John's (9-6, 0-3) they struggled from both in the first half shooting 25.9 percent from the field (7 of 27) and 22.2 percent from 3 (2 of 9).

The game was close through the first 12 minutes of the second half with neither team having more than a three-point lead until Villanova went on a 10-1 run that gave it a 65-57 lead with 3:13 to go.

OKLAHOMA 87, No. 9 IOWA ST. 82

NORMAN, Okla. -- Buddy Hield scored 22 points and Ryan Spangler added 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help Oklahoma knock off previously unbeaten Iowa State.

Isaiah Cousins added 17 points for the Sooners (13-3, 2-1 Big 12), who ended No. 9 Iowa State's school-best winning streak at 14 games.

No. 10 FLORIDA 84, ARKANSAS 82, OT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Dorian Finney-Smith scored a career-high 22 points as No. 10 Florida overcame the absence of leading scorer Casey Prather to snap Arkansas' 23-game home winning streak.

Finney-Smith, starting in place of Prather, also added a season-high 15 rebounds as the Gators (13-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) won their seventh in row.

No. 11 OKLAHOMA ST. 73, W. VA. 72

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Markel Brown hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds to lift Oklahoma State to a win over West Virginia.

The Cowboys (14-2, 2-1 Big 12) trailed for most of the game, but got solid efforts from their top two scorers in the final minutes.

Marcus Smart had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Le'Bryan Nash added 18 points and Brown finished with 12.

No. 14 KENTUCKY 71, VANDERBILT 62

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points, and Kentucky beat Vanderbilt for the Wildcats' fourth straight victory.

Aaron Harrison added 14 points and Andrew Harrison 10 and Kentucky (12-3, 2-0) started off a two-game road swing through the Southeastern Conference with a win. Julius Randle had 10 of his 11 rebounds in the first half.

CLEMSON 72, No. 16 DUKE 59

CLEMSON, S.C. -- K.J. McDaniels scored 24 points and Jaron Blossomgame had career highs with 14 points and 14 rebounds as Clemson defeated Duke, the Blue Devils second straight Atlantic Coast Conference road loss.

Duke (12-4, 1-2 ACC) led 36-26 late in the first half before the Tigers (11-4, 2-1) put together a 37-18 run over the next 14 minutes to take control. Blossomgame's second 3-pointer of the half put Clemson ahead for good, 57-54, and Adonis Filer followed moments later with a driving layup to increase the lead.

No. 18 KANSAS 86, No. 25 KANSAS ST. 60

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, fellow freshman Wayne Selden added 20 and Kansas beat Kansas State in its latest Sunflower Showdown beat down.

Another of the Jayhawks' ballyhooed freshmen, Joel Embiid, contributed 11 points and nine rebounds, and Perry Ellis scored 12 in their sixth straight win over their I-70 rivals.

Kansas (11-4, 2-0 Big 12) shot 56 percent from the field and committed just seven turnovers while beating the Wildcats (12-4, 2-1) for the 48th time in the last 51 meetings.

No. 19 UMASS 73, ST. BONAVENTURE 68

AMHERST, Mass. -- Trey Davis missed nine of his first 10 shots from the floor before scoring a pair of baskets in the closing two minutes to help Massachusetts rally for a win over St. Bonaventure.

Raphiael Putney led the Minutemen (14-1 overall, 2-0 Atlantic-10) with 17 points and eight rebounds. Cady Lalanne scored 16 and Davis finished with eight.

No. 21 MISSOURI 70, AUBURN 68

AUBURN, Ala. -- Earnest Ross hit four free throws down the stretch and Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points to lead Missouri to a victory over Auburn on Saturday.

Ross, who spent two seasons at Auburn before transferring in 2011, scored 16 points for Missouri (13-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference).

No. 24 MEMPHIS 79, TEMPLE 69

PHILADELPHIA -- Shaq Goodwin had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Memphis to a win over Temple.

Down four early in the second half, Memphis (12-3, 3-1 American) used a 17-6 run lasting nearly seven minutes to finally pull away and successfully follow up its win at No. 12 Louisville on Thursday. Memphis is only the second ranked team to win at Temple in the past six seasons. Then No. 1 Kansas topped the Owls in the 2009-10 season.

BIG TEN

INDIANA 79, PENN ST. 76

PITTSBURGH -- Noah Vonleh scored a career-high 19 points, Yogi Ferrell added 15 and Indiana held off Penn State 79-76 on Saturday.

The Hoosiers (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten) trailed by as many as 15 early before rallying by the reeling Nittany Lions (9-8, 0-4) in the second half. Indiana took the lead for good on a 3-pointer from the corner by Austin Etherington with 1:22 left and made six straight free throws to avoid its first worst start in conference play in three years.

DJ Newbill tied a career-high with 24 points for Penn State, but his 3-point heave with 3 seconds left hit the back of the rim as the Nittany Lions lost their sixth straight conference game.

MAC

TOLEDO 86, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 71

TOLEDO -- Julius Brown had 15 points and 12 assists while J.D. Weatherspoon added 14 points and 11 rebounds in Toledo's 86-71 victory over Central Michigan.

Jordan Lauf was one of six Rockets (13-2, 1-1) in double figures, finishing with 12 points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field, including two 3-pointers, and 4-of-4 shooting from the foul line.

Rian Pearson scored 14 points, Nathan Boothe had 13 and Justin Drummond 11.

W. MICHIGAN 78, MIAMI 77 OT

OXFORD -- David Brown had 25 points and made the game-winning free throw for Western Michigan's 78-77 victory in overtime at Miami of Ohio.

With the game tied 77-77 and 2.1 seconds left, Brown made the first and missed the second. Connar Tava grabbed the rebound for Western Michigan to secure the win.

Tava added 22 points for the Broncos (9-5, 2-0 Mid-American).

BUFFALO 76, E. MICHIGAN 66

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jarryn Skeete scored nine of his season-high 19 points in the final six minutes to lead Buffalo to a 76-66 victory over Eastern Michigan.

Skeete's three-point play gave Buffalo (8-4, 2-0 Mid-American) its first lead of the second half, 56-55 with 5:26 to play.

KENT ST. 86, BALL ST. 74

KENT -- Darren Goodson came off the bench to score 23 points for Kent State as the Golden Flashes overcame a halftime deficit to edge past Ball State 86-74 on Saturday night.

Ball State led 39-32 at the half, and a Chris Bond 3-pointer and pair of free throws by Zavier Turner put the Cardinals up by 12 points after the break.

Other College

OAKLAND 76, DETROIT 69

DETROIT -- Duke Mondy drilled a 3-pointer to tie and Travis Bader made another to give Oakland the lead and the Golden Grizzlies closed out Detroit with an 11-1 run for a 76-69 win Saturday.

Juwan Howard, Jr.'s jumper with 3:08 left gave Detroit a 68-65 lead, but it was the Titans' final field goal.

Detroit (8-10, 1-2 Horizon) led by eight at the half and a Howard jumper pushed the lead to 10 points early in the second half.

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