Michigan State downs top-ranked Kentucky in Chicago
Sparty snares big cats
With Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Adreian Payne all scoring in double figures for No. 2 Michigan State, Branden Dawson came up with the biggest basket Tuesday night, tipping in a miss with less than six seconds left to give the Spartans a 78-74 victory over top-ranked Kentucky in Chicago.
James Young missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and the Spartans erupted in delight, with Harris holding up his index finger to signify a new No. 1.
No. 20 Wisconsin 59, No. 11 Florida 53: Sam Dekker scored 16 points, Traevon Jackson added 13, and the Badgers overcame a sloppy start thanks to a 22-10 run late in the first half for a win at home.
The Gators turned up their backcourt pressure to narrow a 10-point deficit to 51-48 with 2 minutes left on two free throws by center Patric Young. Another free throw by Young cut it to 56-53 with 41.8 seconds left.
But Jackson hit a floater at the foul line over Jacob Kurtz with about 10 seconds left, and Frank Kaminsky blocked a shot on the other to seal the win for Wisconsin (2-0).
No. 7 Michigan 93, S. Carolina St. 59: Caris LeVert made his first five 3-point attempts, and the Wolverines hit 12 of their 19 3-point shots before halftime in breezing to an easy win at home.
LeVert finished with 24 points, going 6 of 7 from long distance. Nik Stauskas added 23 points; he was 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Both sophomores set career highs in scoring as Michigan led 59-23 at halftime.
No. 10 Ohio St. 79, Ohio 69: Aaron Craft scored 17 points – including eight free throws down the stretch – as the Buckeyes held off their in-state neighbors in Columbus.
Indiana 73, LIU-Brooklyn 72: Will Sheehey scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:47 left as the Hoosiers avoided an upset at home.
Indiana, which hasn’t lost at home to a non-conference foe since Dec. 22, 2009 against Loyola (Md.), trailed most of the night and survived largely because of Sheehey’s late scoring binge.
Minnesota 84, Montana 58: Andre Hollins scored 24 points, DeAndre Mathieu added 15 points and five assists, and the Golden Gophers took control in a win at home with a 14-0 run early in the second half.
Nebraska 62, W. Illinois 47: Walter Pitchford scored all 14 of his points in the first half, leading four Cornhuskers in double figures in a home win to give second-year head coach Tim Miles his 300th career victory.
Tate Stensgaard scored 10 points and Michael Ochereobia added eight points and eight rebounds for the Leathernecks (0-2).