Spartans survive OT test from Hawkeyes
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Keith Appling scored 16 points and No. 7 Michigan State outlasted No. 15 Iowa 71-69 in overtime Tuesday night, handing the Hawkeyes their first home loss of the season.
Matt Costello had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Spartans (19-2, 8-1 Big Ten), who avoided consecutive defeats despite missing injured starters Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson.
Costello's tip-in with 1:14 left gave Michigan State a 67-64 lead, and Russell Byrd's 3 with 34 seconds put Michigan State up by six.
Iowa still had a chance to force a second overtime, but Mike Gesell missed a driving layup at the buzzer.
Devyn Marble had 21 points for Iowa (16-5, 5-3), which went without a field goal for the final 10 minutes of regulation and until the final seconds of the 5-minute overtime.
The Hawkeyes boast one of the nation's deepest benches, and they kept threatening to run away from the undermanned Spartans early in the second half.
Michigan State wouldn't let it happen.
The tough-minded Spartans had an answer for nearly every basket that could have swung the momentum back in Iowa's favor.
No. 4 Wichita State 57,Loyola of Chicago 45
At Wichita, Kan., Cleanthony Early scored 23 points, including 12 of the 21 Wichita State scored in the second half, to help the Shockers stay unbeaten.
Wichita State (22-0, 9-0 Missouri Valley Conference) saw a 22-point second-half lead trimmed to nine in the game's final minutes but hung on to extend school records for winning streak and start to a season. The Shockers shot 23 percent (6 of 26) in the second half.
Freshman Milton Doyle scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half for Loyola (8-13, 3-6).
LSU 87, No. 11 Kentucky 82
At Baton Rouge, La., Johnny O'Bryant III had 29 points and nine rebounds, and LSU led wire-to-wire.
Jordan Mickey scored 14 points and blocked five shots for LSU (13-6, 4-3 SEC), which blocked 11 shots and helped force 13 Kentucky turnovers.
Shavon Coleman added 14 points for the Tigers, who outshot the Wildcats 51 percent (32 of 63) to 44 percent (32 of 73).
Aaron Harrison had 14 points and Alex Poythress added 10 for the Wildcats, who go right back on the road Saturday at Missouri.
No. 20 Creighton 63,St. John's 60
At Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott hit a 25-footer with 2.5 seconds left to finish his season-high 39-point night for Creighton, which squandered all of an 18-point lead.
The Red Storm had just tied the game on Rysheed Jordan's two free throws before McDermott took a pass from Jahenns Manigat on the left wing and got off his winning shot as Chris Obekpa tried to get a hand in his face. Phil Greene IV's desperation 3-point try at the buzzer didn't even touch the net.