NCAA BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Michigan State still unbeaten in Big Ten
Gary Harris scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, helping No. 3 Michigan State beat Indiana, 71-66, on Tuesday night 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 3-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.
NO. 14 KENTUCKY 68, TEXAS A&M 51: Alex Poythress scored a season-high 16 points for Kentucky.
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 14? minutes remaining. The sophomore forward was 4 of 7 from the field and had five rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes.
Johnson added seven rebounds, six points and a career-high three blocks as the Wildcats outrebounded the Aggies 42-24.
Alex Caruso and Davonte Fitzgerald had 12 points each for Texas A&M (12-6, 3-2), which shot 37 percent in losing its second straight.
TEXAS 67, NO. 22 KANSAS STATE 64: Jonathan Holmes made a catch-and-shoot 3 pointer at the buzzer to send Texas to its fourth straight victory in the Big 12 and second in a row over a ranked team.
Texas had almost blown its chance for the game-winner when it nearly botched an inbounds pass with 3 seconds left. But after a quick timeout, Isaiah Taylor zipped the ball to the Holmes in the left corner and he put up the shot over two defenders.
Javan Felix scored 23 points to lead Texas (15-4, 4-2) and Cam Ridley scored 18. Holmes finished with 10 points. Thomas Gipson scored 24 points for Kansas State (14-5, 4-2), which had tied the game at 64 on Shane Southwell’s twisting, off-balance layup with 5 seconds to play after Felix had missed two free throws.