BIG TEN: Wisconsin 60, No. 9 Michigan State 58
Traevon Jackson hit a pull-up jumper with 2.1 seconds left for Wisconsin, seconds after Michigan State’s Adreian Payne tied it with a 3, and host Wisconsin beat the Spartans on Sunday.
The Badgers (19-5, 6-5 Big Ten) committed 14 turnovers, six more than their NCAA-leading 8.3 per game, but gutted out a win over the Spartans (20-4, 9-2).
A desperation 3 by Michigan State from midcourt banged off the rim as time expired, and the Wisconsin faithful erupted with applause. The victory snapped a three-game losing skid at home.
With the score tied at 58, coach Bo Ryan again put the ball in the hands of Jackson, who has a history of making clutch shots.
With a man in his face, Jackson veered left of the lane and pulled up from about 10 feet to give Wisconsin the lead in a frenetic final minute.
Nigel Hayes led Wisconsin with 14 points, while Sam Dekker added 11. Payne had 24 points.
Travis Trice added 13 points for Michigan State, though Big Ten-leading scorer Gary Harris was held to six points on 3-of-20 shooting after being shadowed most of the afternoon by defensive specialist Josh Gasser.
And yet Michigan State still had a chance late, even with guard Keith Appling sitting out a second straight game with a wrist injury.
Harris’ long bucket with about 23 seconds left — one of his few bright spots on the afternoon — got the Spartans within three.
Wisconsin had a chance to turn it into a two-possession game, but Ben Brust missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Michigan State secured the rebound and called timeout.
Coach Tom Izzo drew up a play that ended up with Payne holding the ball. He had burned Wisconsin much of the night on the inside.
This time Payne hit from the outside with 10 seconds left, and the Badgers faithful thought they were witnessing another late collapse at home. The loss to Ohio State more than a week ago ended up about the same way.
But Jackson, who has struggled much of the last month during Wisconsin’s stretch of losing five out of six, came up big. He finished with seven points and tied a career high with eight assists, but had five turnovers.
TOP 25: No. 1 Syracuse 57, Clemson 44
C.J. Fair scored 19 points, Jerami Grant added 12 and Syracuse beat Clemson to remain unbeaten.
Syracuse (23-0, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended its school record for wins to start a season and matched the program mark for consecutive wins, established in the 1916-17 and 1917-18 seasons. It was the third meeting between the teams and first in Syracuse, and the Orange’s first victory.
It was the 10th time Clemson (15-7, 6-4) had faced the No. 1 team in the nation, and the Tigers have yet to win. The last time Clemson played a No. 1 team was against North Carolina, an 86-81 loss in the 2008 ACC Tournament, and the Tigers’ last true road game against the nation’s No. 1 team was Feb. 8, 2004, an 81-55 loss at Duke.
No. 2 Arizona 76, Oregon State 54
Aaron Gordon had 17 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 16 and host Arizona found its shooting touch in a win over Oregon State.
After two weeks of struggles on offense, Arizona (23-1, 10-1 Pac-12) finally found some answers in its second game without injured forward Brandon Ashley.
The Wildcats took control with a big run to end the first half and kept the Beavers from mounting a rally by shooting 50 percent.
T.J. McConnell had 11 points, six rebounds and six assists for Arizona, which won 30 of its past 31 against Oregon State at McKale Center.
After rallying against Arizona State in its previous game, Oregon State (13-10, 5-6) had little chance against the athletic Wildcats, unable to spring Roberto Nelson or chip away at Arizona’s 10-point halftime lead.
Angus Brandt led the Beavers with 14 points.
St. John’s 70, No. 12 Creighton 65
D’Angelo Harrison scored 19 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:08 to play, and host St. John’s beat Creighton night for its sixth win in seven games.
Chris Obekpa tied his career high with 11 points for the Red Storm (15-9, 5-6 Big East), who avenged their only loss during that seven-game stretch.
Doug McDermott matched his nation-leading average with 25 points for the Bluejays (19-4, 9-2), who had won 14 out of 15 and were tied for first in the conference with Villanova. McDermott didn’t score over the final 8:40.
McDermott had 39 points when the teams met two weeks ago, including a long 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left for a 63-60 victory. The Bluejays led by 18 points with 12 minutes to play in that one and were barely able to escape with the win at home.
This time, the Red Storm stayed in front or at least close during the second half and Harrison put them ahead for good with a 3 that gave St. John’s a 65-63 lead.
No. 22 Connecticut 75, Central Florida 55
Lasan Kromah and Shabazz Napier each had 17 points and seven rebounds, and visiting Connecticut easily defeated skidding Central Florida.
DeAndre Daniels had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies (18-5, 6-4 American Athletic Conference), and Ryan Boatright scored 11. UConn led by 17 at halftime and withstood a mild second-half rally by the Knights to win for the fourth time in five games.
Isaiah Sykes led UCF (9-11, 1-8) with 17 points and reserve Justin McBride added 13, all in the second half.