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No. 5 Michigan State beats No. 3 Ohio State men in overtime

Keith Appling led fifth-ranked Michigan State to a 72-68 overtime victory over No. 3 Ohio State.


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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Keith Appling made a tiebreaking three-pointer with 29 seconds left and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help No. 5 Michigan State beat third-ranked Ohio State 72-68 in overtime Tuesday night after blowing a 17-point lead in the second half.

The Spartans (14-1 overall, 3-0 Big Ten Conference) led 55-38 and the Buckeyes (15-1, 2-1) forced overtime with a 20-3 run to close regulation.

“I should be happier than I am,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “But I’m a big-picture guy, and you shouldn’t have those kinds of letdowns.”

Amir Williams’ putback dunk for Ohio State with 19 seconds left tied the score and sent the game to overtime.

Ohio State scored the first points of the extra period, taking its first lead since it was ahead 19-17, but gave up some pivotal three-pointers.

Michigan State redshirt freshman Kenny Kaminski made a season-high third three-pointer to snap a tie with 2:40 left in overtime and Adreian Payne connected on a shot from beyond the arc on the Spartans’ next possession.

Appling made two free throws with 14.4 seconds left to give Michigan State a three-point lead and Ohio State’s Marc Loving missed an off-balance three-pointer with three seconds left.

Sam Thompson finished with 18 points for Ohio State.

The Buckeyes outrebounded Michigan State 42-28.

Other Top 10 men

No. 2 Syracuse 72, at Virginia Tech 52

C.J. Fair scored 17 points and the Orange (15-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) used a 16-0 run to pull away in the second half and beat the Hokies (8-6, 1-1).

Jerami Grant had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Syracuse, which had a 41-25 advantage on the boards.

At No. 9 Iowa St. 87, No. 7 Baylor 72

DeAndre Kane had a season-high 30 points in addition to nine assists, eight rebounds and five steals as the Cyclones (14-0, 2-0 Big 12) beat the Bears (12-2, 0-1) and set a school record with their 14th win in a row.

Iowa State, which outscored Baylor 47-34 in the second half, is among five unbeaten Division I men’s teams.

Gary Franklin and Brady Heslip each had 15 points for Baylor (12-2, 0-1).

Top 5 women

At No. 1 Connecticut 90, Houston 40

Breanna Stewart scored 24 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked six shots to lead the Huskies (16-0, 4-0 American Athletic) past the Cougars (4-11, 0-4).

Notes

• Three Texas-El Paso players — McKenzie Moore, Justin Crosgile and Jalen Ragland — bet on at least one sporting event, a university official said, and they are no longer enrolled.

It doesn’t appear the players bet on UTEP games or participated in point-shaving to influence the outcome for bettors, said Richard Adauto, the university’s executive vice president.

• The Big Ten suspended Iowa men’s coach Fran McCaffery for one game and fined the school $10,000 for his outburst during a 75-71 loss Sunday at Wisconsin. McCaffery received back-to-back technical fouls and was ejected for arguing with officials.



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