EAST LANSING, Mich. — Gary Harris scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half Tuesday night, helping No. 3 Michigan State beat Indiana 71-66 to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten.
The Spartans (18-1, 7-0) have won 11 straight games, extending their best one-loss start in a season in school history.
The Hoosiers (12-7, 2-4) have lost two straight and four of six.
Michigan State went on a 10-2 run to take a 62-52 lead with 4:29 left but led by just four points after Yogi Ferrell made a three-pointer with 36 seconds left. Keith Appling made one of two free throws on the ensuing possession, and Stanford Robinson’s runner pulled the Hoosiers within three points.
Travis Trice made two free throws with 13.7 seconds left to give the Spartans a five-point lead, essentially sealing their 18th win in 19 home games against Indiana.
The Spartans were missing center Adreian Payne for a fourth straight game with a sprained right foot. The Hoosiers didn’t have senior forward Will Sheehey in the starting lineup for the first time this season after he injured an ankle in a home loss to Northwestern.
No. 14 Kentucky 68, Texas A&M 51: In Lexington, Ky., Alex Poythress scored a season-high 16 points as the Wildcats routed the Aggies.
Poythress and 7-foot freshman Dakari Johnson eagerly picked up the slack inside for Kentucky (14-4, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) with struggling 7-foot pivot man Willie Cauley-Stein limited by foul trouble.
Poythress worked inside for baskets and got to the free-throw line, hitting five straight during his 7-0 run that put the Wildcats up 44-33 with 14½ minutes remaining.
Johnson added seven rebounds, six points and a career-high three blocks as the Wildcats out-
rebounded the Aggies 42-24 and were nearly even with them in the paint (30-32) The rebounding was a huge improvement for Kentucky after being dominated on the glass in Saturday’s win over Tennessee.
Alex Caruso and Davonte Fitzgerald had 12 points each for Texas A&M (12-6, 3-2), which lost its second straight.
No. 20 Pittsburgh 76, Clemson 43: In Pittsburgh, Talib Zanna scored 22 points on near flawless shooting for Pittsburgh.
Zanna connected on 9 of 10 shots, most of them dunks or layups, as the Panthers (17-2, 5-1 ACC) bounced back from a loss to No. 2 Syracuse.
Lamar Patterson added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists for Pitt, which ended Clemson’s three-game winning streak.
K.J. McDaniels battled early foul trouble and finished with 11 points for the Tigers but Clemson was never in it. Pitt needed less than 10 minutes to build a double-digit lead and cruised while handing the Tigers their worst loss of the season.
Clemson came in ranked third in the country in three-point defense but could do little more than watch as the Panthers hit
4 of 7 three-pointers during a near flawless opening
20 minutes. Pitt made 12 baskets during the first half, and recorded assists on all 12 in taking a 37-20 lead.
Texas 67, No. 22 Kansas State 64: In Austin, Texas, Jonathan Holmes made a catch-and-shoot three pointer at the buzzer to send Texas to its fourth straight victory in the Big 12 and second straight over a ranked team.
Texas had almost blown its chance for the game-winner when it nearly botched an inbounds pass with three seconds left. But after a quick timeout, Isaiah Taylor zipped the ball to Holmes in the left corner, and he put up the shot over two defenders. The ball swished through the basket at the buzzer.
Javan Felix scored 23 points to lead Texas (15-4, 4-2), and Cam Ridley scored 18. Thomas Gipson scored 24 points for Kansas State (14-5, 4-2).
- Sophomore center
- Dajuan Coleman
- of unbeaten No. 2 Syracuse will have surgery on his left knee and miss the rest of the season.
Syracuse is 18-0 and along with No. 1 Arizona and No. 5 Wichita State is one of three unbeaten teams in Division I.