College basketball highlights: Iowa State wins battle of top-10s

Wire, Special ReportsJanuary 8, 2014 

DeAndre Kane had a season-high 30 points with nine assists, eight rebounds and five steals as No. 9 Iowa State rolled past No. 7 Baylor 87-72 on Tuesday night, setting a school record with its 14th straight win.

Melvin Ejim added 18 points for the host Cyclones (14-0, 2-0 Big 12). They outscored Baylor 47-34 in the second half and rolled to a surprisingly decisive win over a fellow Big 12 title contender.

Gary Franklin and Brady Heslip both had 15 points for Baylor (12-2, 0-1), which saw its win streak snapped at six games.

The first matchup of top-10 teams in Ames, Iowa, in 13 years could end up having a huge say in the Big 12 title race.

No. 2 Syracuse 72, Virginia Tech 52: C.J. Fair scored 17 points and visiting Syracuse (15-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a 16-0 run to pull away in the second half and beat Virginia Tech (8-6, 1-1).

Tyler Ennis added 13 points for the Orange, who were making their first visit to Cassell Coliseum since Jan. 30, 1978.

No. 5 Michigan State 72, No. 3 Ohio State 68

Michigan State might have a championship-caliber team if it can get and keep its top players healthy.

Keith Appling made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left in overtime and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds despite playing with cramps in both legs while helping the fifth-ranked Spartans beat No. 3 Ohio State 72-68 Tuesday night after blowing a 17-point lead in the second half.

"Keith was getting worked on during every timeout from halftime on," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.

Adreian Payne didn't start because of a right foot sprain, but finished with 18 points in 32 minutes.

"I got to talk to the doctors and figure it out," Payne said of his injury.

Gary Harris scored 13 points, but the sophomore shooting guard wasn't able to play up to his potential because of a lingering ankle injury.

Travis Trice, one of the team's top reserves, didn't play because he was "sick," according to Izzo.

Michigan State, which beat then-No. 1 Kentucky nearly two months ago, has won seven straight games since losing to North Carolina.

Tennessee 68, LSU 50: Jordan McRae scored 19 points and Jarnell Stokes had his 25th career double-double to lead visiting Tennessee (10-4) in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

“We are playing with a lot of energy right now. This game on the road was huge for us,” McRae said.

Jordan Mickey had 14 points for LSU (9-4). Senior Andre Stringer failed to score a point for the first time in his career.

No. 16 Duke 79, Georgia Tech 57: Rodney Hood scored 15 of his 27 points in the second half in host Duke’s first game outside the top 10 since November 2007. Jabari Parker added 12 points for the Blue Devils (12-3, 1-1 ACC). Marcus Georges-Hunt led Georgia Tech (9-6, 0-2) with 18.

No. 25 Kansas St. 65, TCU 47: Thomas Gipson scored 19 points, Marcus Foster added 16 and Kansas State (12-3, 2-0 Big 12) ran its winning streak to 10 games in its first true road game of the season. Amric Fields scored 14 points for TCU (9-5, 0-2), which trailed 31-21 at halftime.

Women

Eastern Illinois 75, Eastern Kentucky 71: The Lady Colonels’ five-game winning streak ended with loss at Charleston, Ill. Down 11 with just under five minutes to go, EKU cut it to one before the Panthers held on. Marie Carpenter led Eastern with 20 points. Pilar Walker (Paul Dunbar) added 13 points and six assists. No. 1 Connecticut 90, Houston 40: Breanna Stewart scored 24 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked six shots to lead host UConn (16-0, 4-0 American) to a rout of Houston (4-11, 0-4) in the first meeting between the two programs. Stewart earned her second USA Basketball female athlete of the year honor Tuesday.

Around the nation

UTEP: Three players were kicked off the men’s basketball team after they bet on at least one sporting event. The university’s executive vice president, Richard Adauto, said officials in December received information that players may have been betting on games. The school contacted the FBI.

Adauto says three players have since been found to have taken part in gambling

— Justin Crosgile, McKenzie Moore and Jalen Ragland. Adauto says UTEP has no information to suggest the three were involved in point-shaving.

Iowa: The Big Ten suspended Coach Fran McCaffery for one game and fined Iowa $10,000 for his outburst during a loss at Wisconsin. McCaffery received back-to-back technical fouls and was ejected for arguing with officials midway through the second half of Sunday’s game. The Big Ten said McCaffery’s actions violated the league’s sportsmanship policy.

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