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Gary Harris drives past Iowa’s Gabriel Olaseni during the first half of the Spartans’ 71-69 overtime win Tuesday in Iowa City, Iowa.
College basketball

Spartans hold off Iowa for OT win

– 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 Fort Wayne native 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.

Denzel Valentine finished with 12 points, including a crucial quick layup when the Hawkeyes seemed set for a transition basket. Travis Trice then followed with 3 to give Michigan State a 51-50 lead.

Iowa later went ahead by six points, but Appling – with his right shooting wrist heavily taped – hit a 3, and a layup and dunk by Costello made it 58-57 Spartans with 4:06 left.

The Hawkeyes had a chance to win in regulation, but Marble missed a runner just before the buzzer.

That was a theme that hurt the Hawkeyes, who didn’t hit a field goal from the 9:56 mark of the second half until Marble’s layup with 6 seconds left in OT.

Aaron White had 10 points for the Hawkeyes, who lost despite hitting 19 more free throws than Michigan State.

No. 4 WICHITA STATE 57, LOYOLA-CHICAGO 45: In Wichita, Kan., Cleanthony Early scored 23 points, including 12 of the 21 the unbeaten Shockers scored in the second half.

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.

HUNTINGTON 79, SPRING ARBOR 66: In Huntington, Shane Merryman made 10 of 13 shots and scored 29 points for the Foresters (18-5, 8-3 Crossroads League), while teammate T.J. Short had 16 points and eight rebounds.

Huntington’s Derek Hinen had 21 points, and his team built a 20-point lead by halftime.

The Cougars (10-13, 5-6) were paced by Rob Hogans’ 23 points.


No. 1 CONNECTICUT 93, TEMPLE 56: In Philadelphia, Breanna Stewart scored a career-high 37 points and Bria Hartley had 16 points and 11 assists to lead the Huskies to their 28th consecutive victory.

Connecticut (22-0, 9-0 American Athletic Conference) shook off a rare early challenge to turn yet another game into a romp.

UConn center Stefanie Dolson had 11 points and 13 rebounds when she limped off the court with 8 minutes left. She did not return.

Rateska Brown led the Owls (10-10, 4-5) with 13 points.