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Streaking Spartans fight off Indiana

Michigan State’s Gary Harris, driving past Indiana’s Noah Vonleh during the first half, scores 24, 20 after halftime, to key the Spartans’ 11th straight victory, 71-66.

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Michigan State’s Gary Harris, driving past Indiana’s Noah Vonleh during the first half, scores 24, 20 after halftime, to key the Spartans’ 11th straight victory, 71-66.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Gary Harris gave No. 3 Michigan State a desperately needed offensive boost.

Harris scored 20 of his 24 in the second half, helping the Spartans beat Indiana 71-66 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten.

"He's just got to take over games," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "He is that good, to be very blunt and honest about it. What an incredible performance by him with just 13 shots.

" He's probably the most efficient player in college basketball."

Michigan State (18-1, 7-0) has won 11 straight games, extending their best one-loss start in a season in school history despite playing poorly at times with an injury-depleted roster.

"We're 18-1 now," Travis Trice said. "That's all we care about. "

The Hoosiers have lost two straight and four of six. After beating then-No. 3 Wisconsin at home last week, they lost at home to Northwestern.

Michigan State took a 62-52 lead with 4:29 left but led by four after Yogi Ferrell made a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left. Keith Appling made one free throw then Stanford Robinson's runner pulled the Hoosiers within three.

Trice made two free throws with 13.7 seconds left to give the Spartans a five-point lead.

NO. 14 KENTUCKY 68, TEXAS A&M 51: Alex Poythress scored a season-high 16 for the host Wildcats (14-4, 4-1 SEC).

NO. 20 PITT 76, CLEMSON 43: Talib Zanna had 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting as the host Panthers (17-2, 5-1 ACC) romped.

TEXAS 67, NO. 22 K-STate 64: Jonathan Holmes made a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer to lift the host Longhorns. The Wildcats (14-5, 4-2 Big 12) had tied it at 64 on Shane Southwell's twisting, off-balance layup.

NO. 2 SYRACUSE: Sophomore center Dajuan Coleman will have season-ending surgery on his left knee.

GEO. WASHINGTON: Sophomore guard Kethan Savage, the team's second leading scorer, is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a broken left foot.

S. CAROLINA: Coach Frank Martin apologized for a tirade directed at guard Brenton Williams in the first half of Saturday's loss to Mississippi.


USF 57, UC 48: Courtney Williams had 21 points and seven rebounds for the host Bulls (10-8, 5-2 AAC), who shot 12-of-20 from the field in the second half after going 9-of-31 in the first to win for the fifth time in six games.

NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 93, HOUSTON 52: Shoni Schimmel had 25 points and eight rebounds for the visiting Cardinals (19-1, 7-0 American), who pulled away in the second half for their 12th straight win.

OKLA. 75, NO. 20 IOWA ST. 54: Aaryn Ellenberg hit a 3-pointer to start a 15-2 second-half run, and the visiting Sooners sent the Cyclones (14-4, 3-4 Big 12) to their fourth straight loss.

NO. 2 NOTRE DAME: Leading scorer Jewell Loyd has a sprained right knee and is listed as day to day.

Streaking Spartans fight off Indiana 01/21/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:54pm]
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