College basketball: Harris gives Michigan State boost

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Gary Harris gave No. 3 Michigan State a desperately needed offensive boost.

Harris scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, helping the Spartans beat Indiana 71-66 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten.

"He's just got to take over games," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "He is that good, to be very blunt and honest about it. What an incredible performance by him with just 13 shots. He's probably the most efficient player in college basketball."

Michigan State (18-1, 7-0) has won 11 straight games, extending their best one-loss start in a season in school history despite playing poorly at times with an injury-depleted roster.

"We're 18-1 now," Travis Trice said. "That's all we care about. "

The Hoosiers (12-7, 2-4) have lost two straight and four of six. After beating then-No. 3 Wisconsin at home last week, they lost at home to Northwestern.

"I'm proud of my team because I think we did a great job the last couple days of establishing even more togetherness," Hoosiers coach Tom Crean said.

Michigan State went on a 10-2 run to take a 62-52 lead with 4:29 left, but led by just four points after Yogi Ferrell made a 3-pointer with 36 seconds remaining. Keith Appling made one of two free throws on the ensuing possession and Stanford Robinson's runner pulled the Hoosiers within three points.

Trice made two free throws with 13.7 seconds left to give the Spartans a five-point lead, essentially sealing their 18th win in 19 home games against Indiana.

"We're finding ways to win and other teams around the country are finding ways to lose," Izzo said.

The Spartans were missing perhaps their best player, Adreian Payne, for a fourth straight game with a sprained right foot.

Izzo said Payne wants to play Saturday at home against No. 21 Michigan, the only other Big Ten team without a conference loss, but the senior standout is questionable at best because he just started to run Monday on a weight-bearing treadmill.

"He could be day-to-day for two weeks," Izzo said.

The Hoosiers didn't have a key player, senior forward Will Sheehey, in the starting lineup for the first time this season after he injured an ankle against the Wildcats. Austin Etherington started the first game of his career in Sheehey's place, giving the team a second sophomore in a lineup with three freshmen.

"I'm proud of the way we played without Will," Crean said. "Everybody that went into the game impacted the game."

No. 14 KENTUCKY 68, TEXAS A&M 51

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Alex Poythress scored a season-high 16 points for Kentucky.

Poythress and 7-foot freshman Dakari Johnson eagerly picked up the slack inside for Kentucky (14-4, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) with struggling 7-foot pivot man Willie Cauley-Stein limited by foul trouble. Poythress worked inside for baskets and got to the free throw line, hitting five straight during his 7-0 run that put the Wildcats up 44-33 with 14 1/2 minutes remaining.

No. 20 PITTSBURGH 76, CLEMSON 43

PITTSBURGH -- Talib Zanna scored 22 points on near flawless shooting for Pittsburgh.

Zanna connected on 9 of 10 shots, most of them dunks or layups, as the Panthers (17-2, 5-1 ACC) bounced back from a loss to No. 2 Syracuse.

TEXAS 67, No. 22 KANSAS ST. 64

AUSTIN, Texas -- Jonathan Holmes made a catch-and-shoot 3 pointer at the buzzer to send Texas to its fourth straight victory in the Big 12 and second in a row over a ranked team.

BIG TEN

NORTHWESTERN 63, PURDUE 60

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Drew Crawford scored 19 points and blocked the potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to lead Northwestern to a 63-60 double-overtime victory over Purdue hours after a shooting on the Boilermakers' campus.

An engineering student opened fire inside a basement classroom at Purdue earlier in the day, killing a teaching assistant, and there was a moment of silence before the game.

OHIO COLLEGE

WRIGHT STATE 73, MILWAUKEE 57

DAYTON -- Jerran Young scored 19 points, leading Wright State in a 73-57 win over Milwaukee.

Wright State (13-9, 5-2 Horizon League) jumped to a 39-21 halftime lead. The Raiders scored the first five points of the game and opened on a 10-1 run, led by five points from Cole Darling during the stretch. Milwaukee (13-8, 3-4) could not recover and was unable to reduce the deficit to fewer than five points the rest of the way.

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