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.
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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.
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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).
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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).
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