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Spartans outlast Ohio St.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Keith Appling made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help No. 5 Michigan State beat No. 3 Ohio State 72-68 in overtime Tuesday night after blowing a 17-point lead in the second half.

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

Ohio State entered the day as one of six unbeaten teams in Division I.

Aaron Craft's three-point play with 2:02 left in the second half and his layup, after throwing an inbounds pass off Adreian Payne's backside, with a minute left pulled Ohio State within one. Payne made one free throw on the ensuing possession, allowing Amir Williams' putback dunk with 19 seconds left to tie the score and send it 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 pivotal 3-pointers.

Michigan State redshirt freshman Kenny Kaminski made a season-high third 3-pointer to break a tie with 2:40 left, and Payne hit a 3 on the Spartans' next possession.

Appling made two free throws with 14.4 seconds left to give Michigan State a three-point lead. Ohio State's Marc Loving missed an off-balance 3-pointer with three seconds left.

The Buckeyes had a season-high 21 turnovers and didn't have a double-digit scorer until there were fewer than four minutes left in regulation.

NO. 2 SYRACUSE 72, VA. TECH 52: C.J. Fair had 17 points for the visiting Orange (15-0, 2-0 ACC), which was in control from the opening tip.

NO. 9 IOWA ST. 87, NO. 7 BAYLOR 72: DeAndre Kane had a season-high 30 points with nine assists, eight rebounds and five steals as the host Cyclones (14-0, 2-0 Big 12) routed the Bears (12-2, 0-1) for their school-record 14th straight win.

NO. 16 DUKE 79, GA. TECH 57: Rodney Hood scored 15 of his 27 in the second half, leading the host Blue Devils (12-3, 1-1 ACC).

NO. 25 KANSAS ST. 65, TCU 47: Thomas Gipson had 19 points for the Wildcats (12-3, 2-0 Big 12), who won their 10th in a row in their first true road game.

GAMBLING SCANDAL: UTEP said it has kicked McKenzie Moore, Justin Crosgile and Jalen Ragland off the team after they bet on at least one sporting event. University executive vice president Richard Adauto said the three were not believed to be betting on games they played in or participating in point-shaving.

NO. 20 IOWA: The Big Ten suspended coach Fran McCaffery for one game and fined the school $10,000 for McCaffery's outburst Sunday at Wisconsin.

NORTHWESTERN: Second-year center Chier Ajou will transfer.


USF 64, TEMPLE 51: Alisia Jenkins had a career-high 18 points and added 12 rebounds as the host Bulls (8-7, 3-1 AAC), who won their third straight game. "It's a good win. I'm glad we were able to protect our home floor," USF coach Jose Fernandez said. The Bulls dominated the Owls (8-6, 2-2) in bench points 25-3.

NO. 1 UCONN 90, HOUSTON 40: Breanna Stewart, who earned her second USA Basketball female athlete of the year honor earlier in the day, had 24 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for the host Huskies (16-0, 4-0 AAC).

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