By The Associated Press
Keith Appling scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half to help No. 10 Michigan State pull away to beat No. 22 Wisconsin 58-43 on Thursday night in East Lansing, Mich., and stay in the Big Ten race.
The Spartans (23-7, 12-5) moved into a three-way tie for second with Michigan and Ohio State. The trio trails conference-leading Indiana by one game with one game left in the regular season.
The Hoosiers can claim the Big Ten title outright with a win Sunday in Ann Arbor against the Wolverines. If they lose, Michigan would earn a piece of the title and give Michigan State and the Buckeyes a shot to pull into a four-way tie. The Spartans close the regular season Sunday at home against Northwestern after Ohio State hosts Illinois.
The Badgers (20-10, 11-6) fell to fifth place with the decisive road loss after Purdue handed them their most lopsided setback at home in more than 7 years on Sunday.
Penn St. 66, Northwestern 59: Jermaine Marshall and D.J. Newbill each scored 18 points to lead Penn State to a victory over Northwestern in Evanston.
Penn State (10-19, 2-15 Big Ten), last in the 12-team conference, scored the game’s first 12 points, withstood a Northwestern surge, then pulled away in the second half.
Northwestern (13-17, 4-13) has lost seven in a row.
Drake 81, Bradley 66: Chris Hines scored 16 points and Drake (15-16) defeated Bradley (16-16) in the opener of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis.
Joey King scored 15 and Gary Ricks added 14 points for Drake.
Missouri State 61, Southern Illinois 53: Marcus Marshall scored 18 points and Anthony Downing had 16 as Missouri State (11-21) defeated Southern Illinois (14-17) in the opening round of the MVC Tournament.
The Salukis had won six of their last eight games after starting the conference season 1-10.