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Men's basketball: Hawkeyes unable to upset Spartans in Iowa City

Iowa forward Eric May (left) tries to steal the ball from Michigan State guard Travis Trice during the second half Thursday in Iowa City, Iowa. Michigan State won 62-59.
Iowa forward Eric May (left) tries to steal the ball from Michigan State guard Travis Trice during the second half Thursday in Iowa City, Iowa. Michigan State won 62-59.

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Branden Dawson scored a career-high 17 points, including a late steal and tiebreaking dunk that helped No. 22 Michigan State beat Iowa 62-59 on Thursday night.

Gary Harris had 14 points for the Spartans (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten), who hung on late for their eighth win in nine games.

Dawson ripped the ball away from Iowa freshman Mike Gesell and gave Michigan State a 58-56 lead with 49 seconds left.

Anthony Clemmons missed a free throw that would have tied it with 12 seconds to go and airballed a 3 at the buzzer. Iowa (11-5, 0-3) lost its third straight.

Zach McCabe led Iowa with 15 points and fellow reserve Melsahn Basabe added 14.

The Spartans took their first lead, 43-42, on a layup by Keith Appling off an Iowa turnover with just less than 9 minutes left in the first half.

Harris followed with a 3, and Adreian Payne threw down a one-handed dunk to put the Spartans ahead 48-45 with 6:15 left.

Michigan State blew the lead but tied it back up at 56 on Harris’ three free throws with 1:04 left.

Appling had 12 points, including four free throws in the final 20 seconds for Michigan State.

Northwestern 70, Penn State 54: Dave Sobolewski scored 18 points and Jared Swopshire added 17 as Northwestern handled cold-shooting Penn State in State College, Pa.

The Wildcats (10-6, 1-2) used a 25-4 run over an 11-minute span to lead by as many as 17 points, 33-16, in the first half. Penn State didn’t score a basket for nearly 7 minutes during that span.

Penn State (8-7, 0-3) shot just 31.6 percent (18-for-57) from the floor and was 3-for-15 beyond the arc.

Oregon 70, No. 4 Arizona 66: E.J. Singler scored 14 points and the Ducks overcame a slow start in Eugene, Ore., to hand the Wildcats their first loss.

Dominic Artis, Carlos Emory and Tony Woods had 10 points apiece for the Ducks (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12).

Mark Lyons scored 21 and Solomon Hill added 16 points to lead the Wildcats (14-1, 2-1).

The Wildcats jumped out to an 11-0 lead, but the Ducks outscored them 41-19 the rest of the first half to lead 41-30.

Tennesee Tech 77, Eastern Illinois 73: Jud Dillard scored 34 points to help Tennessee Tech beat Eastern Illinois in Charleston.

The Golden Eagles (7-9, 1-3 Ohio Valley) snapped a five-game losing streak, while Eastern (3-14, 0-4) has lost 10 straight.

Morris Wood led Eastern with 25 points.

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