BIG TEN: No. 5 Michigan State 87, Minnesota 75
Keith Appling scored 24 points to help host Michigan State beat Minnesota in overtime Saturday after overcoming a double-digit deficit in the second half and blowing a lead late in regulation.
The Spartans (15-1, 4-0) scored 15 consecutive points while holding the Golden Gophers (13-4, 2-2) scoreless for nearly 8 minutes after trailing 53-43 with 15:57 left.
Michigan State missed an opportunity to win in regulation for the second straight game, losing a five-point lead in the last 13 seconds.
Minnesota’s Malik Smith made his fifth 3-pointer, Gary Harris missed two free throws with 11.3 seconds left for the Spartans and DeAndre Mathieu’s layup with 1.7 seconds left tied the game and sent it to overtime.
Michigan State scored the first nine points of OT, ending Minnesota’s chance to beat a top-five team on its home court for the first time in school history.
Indiana 79, Penn State 76
Noah Vonleh scored a career-high 19 points, Yogi Ferrell added 15 and visiting Indiana held off Penn State.
The Hoosiers (11-5, 1-2) trailed by as many as 15 early before rallying by the reeling Nittany Lions (9-8, 0-4) in the second half.
Indiana took the lead for good on a 3-pointer from the corner by Austin Etherington with 1:22 left and made six consecutive free throws.
TOP25: No. 2 Syracuse 57, North Carolina 45
C.J. Fair scored 20 points, Jerami Grant had 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and host Syracuse beat North Carolina in an Atlantic Coast Conference marquee matchup.
Syracuse (16-0, 3-0) evened its all-time record against the North Carolina (10-6, 0-3) to 4-4. It was the fewest points scored by North Carolina since posting 44 in a loss to Duke in 1979.
No. 6 Wichita State 72, Missouri State 69
Wichita State came back from an 18-point deficit at halftime to send the game into overtime, and then won on Fred VanVleet’s layup with 1:28 to play that broke a 66-66 tie to remain unbeaten.
Cleanthony Early had 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Shockers (17-0).
No. 7 Baylor 88, TCU 62
Taurean Prince scored 15 of his career-high 23 points off the bench when Baylor took control before halftime and went on to beat instate rival TCU. The Bears (13-2, 1-1 Big 12) won their 13th consecutive home game.
Baylor went ahead to stay against TCU (9-6, 0-3) with a 16-3 run midway through the first half. Prince had a pair of layups in the 5-minute spurt that Brady Heslip capped with a 3-pointer that made it 25-14.
No. 8 Villanova 74, St. John’s 67
JayVaughn Pinkston had 15 points and 10 rebounds visiting Villanova overcame some early shooting woes to beat St. John’s.
The Wildcats (15-1, 4-0 Big East) went on a 10-1 run that gave them a 65-57 lead over St. John’s with 3:13 to go.
Oklahoma 87, No. 9 Iowa State 82
Buddy Hield scored 22 points and Ryan Spangler added 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help host Oklahoma knock off previously unbeaten Iowa State. Isaiah Cousins added 17 points for the Sooners (13-3, 2-1 Big 12), who ended No. 9 Iowa State’s school-best winning streak at 14 games.
DeAndre Kane had 23 points and nine rebounds and Melvin Ejim scored 21 points for Iowa State (14-1, 2-1).
No. 10 Florida 84, Arkansas 82
Dorian Finney-Smith scored a career-high 22 points as Florida overcame the absence of leading scorer Casey Prather to snap Arkansas’ 23-game home winning streak with an overtime win.
Finney-Smith also added a season-high 15 rebounds as the Gators (13-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) won their seventh in row.
Florida trailed 66-57 in the closing minutes of regulation, but Scotie Wilbekin sent it into OT with a jumper with two seconds left.
No. 11 Oklahoma St. 73, West Virginia 72
Markel Brown hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds to lift visiting Oklahoma State. The Cowboys (14-2, 2-1 Big 12) trailed for most of the game, but got solid efforts from their top two scorers in the final minutes.
Marcus Smart had 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Le’Bryan Nash added 18 points and Brown finished with 12.
Terry Henderson scored a season-high 21 points for West Virginia (10-6, 2-1).
No. 14 Kentucky 71, Vanderbilt 6
Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points, and visiting Kentucky beat Vanderbilt for the Wildcats’ fourth consecutive victory.
Aaron Harrison added 14 points and Andrew Harrison 10 and Kentucky (12-3, 2-0) started off a two-game road swing through the Southeastern Conference with a win. Julius Randle had 10 of his 11 rebounds in the first half.
Clemson 72, No. 16 Duke 59
K.J. McDaniels scored 24 points and Jaron Blossomgame had career highs with 14 points and 14 rebounds as Clemson handed the Duke Blue Devils their second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference road loss.
Duke (12-4, 1-2 ACC) led 36-26 late in the first half before the Tigers (11-4, 2-1) put together a 37-18 run over the next 14 minutes to take control. Blossomgame’s second 3-pointer of the half put Clemson ahead for good, 57-54, and Adonis Filer followed moments later with a driving layup to increase the lead. Duke cut it to 59-57 on Quinn Cook’s 3.
No. 18 Kansas 86, No. 25 Kansas State 60
Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, fellow freshman Wayne Selden added 20 and host Kansas beat rival Kansas State. Another of the Jayhawks’ ballyhooed freshmen, Joel Embiid, contributed 11 points and nine rebounds in their sixth win in a row over their I-70 rivals.
Kansas (11-4, 2-0 Big 12) shot 56 percent from the field and committed just seven turnovers while beating the Wildcats (12-4, 2-1) for the 48th time in the last 51 meetings. The defeat ended the Wildcats’ 10-game winning streak.
No. 19 Massachusetts 73, St. Bonaventure 68
Trey Davis missed eight of his first nine shots from the floor before scoring a pair of baskets in the closing two minutes to help host Massachusetts rally to beat St. Bonaventure. Raphiael Putney led the Minutemen (14-1 overall, 2-0 Atlantic-10) with 17 points and eight rebounds. Charlon Kloof led St. Bonaventure (11-5, 1-1) with 15 points and seven assists.
No. 21 Missouri 70, Auburn 68
Earnest Ross hit four free throws down the stretch and Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points to lead visiting Missouri. Ross, who spent two seasons at Auburn before transferring in 2011, scored 16 points for Missouri (13-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference).
Unable to get off a tying 3-pointer, Chris Denson missed a layup with 5 seconds left but drew the foul for Auburn (8-5, 0-2). He made one free throw then Torren Jones stepped on the baseline after rebounding the missed second attempt.
No. 24 Memphis 79, Temple 69
Shaq Goodwin had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead visiting Memphis over Temple. Down four early in the second half, Memphis (12-3, 3-1 American) used a 17-6 run lasting nearly seven minutes to finally pull away.
MID-AMERICAN: Toledo 86, Central Michigan 71
Julius Brown had 15 points and 12 assists while J.D. Weatherspoon added 14 points and 11 rebounds in host Toledo’s win over Central Michigan (7-7, 0-2). Toledo (13-2, 1-1) opened the second on a 7-2 run.
Western Michigan 78, Miami 77
David Brown had 25 points and made the game-winning free throw for Western Michigan’s overtime win at Miami of Ohio.
With the score tied 77-77 and 2.1 seconds left, Brown made the first and missed the second. Connar Tava grabbed the rebound for Western Michigan to secure the win. Tava added 22 points for the Broncos (9-5, 2-0). Will Felder scored 19 for the RedHawks (5-8, 1-1).
Buffalo 76, Eastern Michigan 66
Jarryn Skeete scored nine of his season-high 19 points in the final six minutes to lead host Buffalo. Skeete’s three-point play gave Buffalo (8-4, 2-0) its first lead of the second half, 56-55 with 5:26 to play. Mike Talley made one of two from the line for Eastern Michigan (9-6, 1-1) to tie the score at 56. Skeete answered with a 3-pointer, fueling a 20-10 run by the Bulls.