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  • No. 5 Michigan State blows big lead, holds on in OT

  • EAST LANSING, Mich. — Keith Appling made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left in overtime and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help No. 5 Michigan State hold off No. 3 Ohio State 72-68 on Tuesday.
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  • EAST LANSING, Mich. — Keith Appling made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left in overtime and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help No. 5 Michigan State hold off No. 3 Ohio State 72-68 on Tuesday.
    The Spartans (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) led 55-38 and 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 of two free throws on the ensuing possession, allowing Amir Williams' putback dunk with 19 seconds left to tie the game 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 some pivotal 3-pointers.
    Michigan State redshirt freshman Kenny Kaminski made a season-high third 3-pointer to break a tie with 2:40 left in overtime and Payne connected on a shot beyond the arc on the Spartans' next possession.
    No. 2 Syracuse 72,Virginia Tech 52
    At Blacksburg, Va., C.J. Fair scored 17 points and Syracuse used a 16-0 run to pull away in the second half and beat Virginia Tech.
    Tyler Ennis added 13 points, Jerami Grant had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Trevor Cooley scored 11 points for the Orange (15-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who were making their first visit to Cassell Coliseum since Jan. 30, 1978.
    C.J. Barksdale led Virginia Tech (8-6, 1-1) with 12 points and Ben Emelogu and Adam Smith had nine each. The Hokies were outrebounded 41-25 and shot 36.7 percent (18 of 49) to the Orange's 46.7 percent (28 of 60)
    No. 9 Iowa State 87,No. 7 Baylor 72
    At Ames, Iowa, DeAndre Kane had a season-high 30 points with nine assists, eight rebounds and five steals as Iowa State set a school record with its 14th straight win.
    Melvin Ejim added 18 points for the Cyclones (14-0, 2-0 Big 12), who outscored Baylor 47-34 in the second half.
    Kane had 17 points in the first half, helping his struggling teammates take a two-point lead. The rest of the Cyclones got untracked early in the second half and blew past the Bears with a 28-12 run.
    Gary Franklin and Brady Heslip both had 15 points for Baylor (12-2, 0-1), which saw its win streak snapped at six games.
    No. 16 Duke 79, Georgia Tech 57
    At Durham, N.C., Rodney Hood scored 15 of his 27 points in the second half for Duke.
    Quinn Cook added 13 points and slumping freshman Jabari Parker had 12 on 4-of-12 shooting for the Blue Devils (12-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
    Playing their first game outside the top 10 since November 2007, Hood helped them pull away for their 25th straight win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
    No. 25 Kansas State 65, TCU 47
    At Fort Worth, Texas, Thomas Gipson scored 19 points and freshman Marcus Foster added 16 as Kansas State ran its winning streak to 10 games.
    The Wildcats (12-3, 2-0 Big 12), who made their way into the Top 25 for the first time this season on Monday, played their first true road game of the season.
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