Men's Basketball

College basketball notes: Oklahoma State tops No. 2 Missouri

Freshman swingman Le'Bryan Nash scored a career-high 27 points, Brian Williams added a career-best 22 and host Oklahoma State knocked off No. 2 Missouri 79-72 on Wednesday night.

Nash, a McDonald's All-American, scored 13 points during a 17-4 burst that sent the Cowboys into the lead in the final 4 minutes and the Tigers (18-2, 5-2 Big 12) didn't have a response.

Nash hit a jumper and a three-pointer to get it going, then nailed another three from the left side to give the Cowboys (10-10, 3-4) a 65-64 lead with 3:23 to play. He connected on another 29 seconds later and ran to the opposite end of the court when Missouri called timeout to encourage a student section that was already hopping up and down.

When the clock hit zero, the students rushed the court and huddled around Oklahoma State's players at midcourt. The Cowboys are coached by former Wildcat Travis Ford.

No. 4 Ohio State 78, Penn State 54: Aaron Craft took a dribble or two past midcourt and launched an alley-oop pass toward teammate Sam Thompson, who was approaching the rim from the left wing. Thompson never got the pass: It went straight in from 35 feet.

It was that kind of night for host Ohio State, which got 20 points and 13 rebounds from Jared Sullinger and took advantage of Penn State's slow start to roll to victory on Wednesday.

"That was executed well," Coach Thad Matta joked of the backdoor pass that hit nothing but net.

No. 18 Miss. State 76, LSU 71: Arnett Moultrie scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season and Mississippi State held off a late LSU charge in Starkville. Moultrie had 19 points in the second half as the Bulldogs built on a 32-31 halftime lead. The 6-foot-11 junior made 10 of 18 shots from the field and grabbed six offensive rebounds.

Jalen Steele scored 15 points — hitting 3 of 4 from three-point range — and Rodney Hood added 13 for Mississippi State (17-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference), which outrebounded LSU 46-26. Dee Bost had nine points and 10 assists.

South Carolina 56, Alabama 54: Bruce Ellington's driving basket with 1.4 seconds left lifted host South Carolina to its first Southeastern Conference victory this season.

Ellington dribbled down the lane, split defenders Levi Randolph and JaMychal Green to bank in the game-winner for South Carolina (9-10, 1-4 SEC). The Crimson Tide (13-7, 2-4) lost their fourth straight game.

Malik Cooke led South Carolina with 18 points and Ellington and Damontre Harris had 12 apiece. The Gamecocks won despite shooting 32.4 percent (22-for-68) for the game and an abysmal 5-for-31 from behind the arc.

Pittsburgh 86, Providence 74: Senior guard Ashton Gibbs finished with 22 points and host Pitt snapped an eight-game losing streak with its victory over Providence Wednesday night.

Having a healthy Trayvon Woodall helped. The junior point guard had 17 points and nine rebounds in his second game back from groin and abdominal injuries as the Panthers (12-9, 1-7) ended five weeks of misery.

No. 10 Michigan State 68, Minnesota 52: Draymond Green scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the host Spartans handed Coach Tom Izzo his 400th career victory.

Michigan State (17-4, 6-2 Big Ten) moved back into a tie for first place in the Big Ten with the victory and ended Minnesota's three-game win streak.

No. 23 Florida State 75, Wake Forest 52: Florida State pulled away in the second half to rout host Wake Forest behind 18 points from Michael Snaer and a determined effort to put the ball in the hands of its post players. That task became much less daunting once the Seminoles found out the Demon Deacons had lost 7-foot center Ty Walker to a concussion.

"(Walker) not being there made it a little more convenient for us," Coach Leonard Hamilton said.

No. 15 Creighton 77, Drake 69: Doug McDermott scored 30 points and Creighton held off Drake for its sixth straight road win. Jahenns Manigat added 15 for the Bluejays (19-2, 9-1 MVC), who have the program's longest road winning streak in 37 years.

Creighton let a 15-point lead dwindle to two early in the second half. But McDermott helped keep the Bulldogs from getting any closer, scoring 10 straight points late in the half.

Creighton never trailed in the second half in winning its ninth straight overall.

State men

Transylvania 73, Franklin 65: Chris Owens and Brandon Rash each pitched in 18 points, spurring No. 25 Transylvania to a win over Franklin in Heartland Conference men's basketball play. The HCAC-leading Pioneers are 16-2, 10-1 in conference play.

Visiting Transy spotted Franklin an early nine-point lead before coming back to take a 42-38 lead at halftime behind 18 points by Owens. The senior guard surpassed his previous season-high in points in the first 20 minutes, canning six of nine shots from the field, including both of his three-point attempts. He was also 4-for-4 at the line as Transy outscored the home team 9-4 from the stripe.

Transy hit 65 percent in the first half compared to 50 percent for Franklin. Rash added nine first-half points. Rash also scored nine points in the second half as the Pioneers held off several Franklin rally attempts. Barrett Meyer had 13 of his 15 points in the second period, including four free throws down the stretch.

Neither team led by more than nine until the closing seconds, when Transy built an 11-point cushion. Taylor Botkin had nine points and six boards off the bench for Transy. He was perfect in three tries from the field.

Union 93, Bluefield 79: Carlos Sanford came off the bench and poured in a team-high 27 points, including five three-point shots to lead the Bulldogs to a win over visiting Bluefield.

State women

Franklin 67, Transy 59: Sarah Condra hit eight of 12 shots and led all scorers with 26 points to lead visiting Franklin to its 17 win in 18 games.

The Lady Pioneers, who were outshot 36 percent to 27 percent, got 17 points from Nicole Coffman.

Union 70, Bluefield 55: Tim Curry picked up his 200th win as Lady Bulldogs head coach when No. 24 Union beat visiting Bluefield.

Before coming to Union 11 years ago, Curry coached Bluefield to 92 wins.

Union (16-5) got 23 points and nine rebounds from Lindsey Waters led Union with 23 points and nine rebounds.

Thomas More 66, Grove City 52: Sophomore forward Moriah Corey got her first double-double with 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds to lead the Thomas More past host Grove City.

The Saints improve to 14-4 overall and 10-1 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference. Katie Kitchen had 18 points and Allison Long 16 for the Saints.