No. 1 Indiana edges No. 4 Michigan State
BY Associated Press
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
2/20/13 at 4:52 AM
Victor Oladipo's go-ahead putback, dunk and free throws in the final minute lifted top-ranked Indiana to a 72-68 win over No. 4 Michigan State on Tuesday night in East Lansing, Mich.
Indiana (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie in the conference and moved a step closer toward earning top seeding next month in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers had lost 17 straight - since 1991 - on the road against the Spartans.
Michigan State blew opportunities at the line.
Trailing by three with 3.7 seconds left, Gary Harris was fouled on a 3-point attempt. He missed the first one and then after making the second, missed the third on purpose. Indiana got the rebound - Oladipo got to it, of course - and he hit two free throws to seal the win.
Keith Appling had missed the front end of a one and one with a little more than a minute left.
Michigan State (22-5, 11-3) had won five straight and 11 of 12 with its only loss during the stretch at Indiana.
No. 2 Miami 54, Virginia 50: In Coral Gables, Fla., Reggie Johnson made a tie-breaking layup with 5.7 seconds left, and Miami overcame a ragged offensive performance for the second game in a row to beat Virginia and remain unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Durand Scott added two clinching free throws with 4.1 seconds to go for the Hurricanes (22-3, 13-0 ACC), who earned their 14th consecutive victory and took a big step toward their first league title.
Missouri 63, No. 5 Florida 60: In Columbia, Mo., Laurence Bowers had 17 points plus 10 rebounds and Missouri erased a 13-point deficit in the second half to rally past Florida.
Phil Pressey added 10 assists, seven points, six rebounds and three steals for Missouri (19-7, 8-5 SEC). The Tigers didn't have Bowers a month ago in a 31-point blowout loss at Florida.
Mike Rosario had 14 points for Florida (21-4, 11-2) but missed a 3-point try at the buzzer.
No. 15 Butler 68, Duquesne 49: In Indianapolis, former Verdigris star Rotnei Clarke scored 16 points and Khyle Marshall added 14 to lead Butler past reeling Duquesne.
The Bulldogs (22-5, 9-3 Atlantic 10) have won five of their last six.
No. 17 Marquette 67, Seton Hall 46: In Newark, N.J., Vander Blue scored 19 points and Marquette used a sizeable rebounding advantage to beat Seton Hall.
The win enabled the Golden Eagles (19-6, 10-3 Big East) to hold onto first place in the conference with their fourth win in the last five outings.
Saint Louis 76, No. 24 VCU 62: In St. Louis, Jordair Jett scored all 16 of his points in the second half and Mike McCall Jr. added 15 to help Saint Louis win its eighth straight and take sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10.
Saint Louis (20-5, 9-2) holds a half-game advantage over No. 15 Butler. The Billikens will visit Butler Friday. SLU defeated the Bulldogs at home 75-58 on Jan. 31.
VCU (21-6, 9-3) was led by Juvonte Reddic with 19 points and 12 rebounds. The double-double was his 10th this season.
Original Print Headline: Hoosiers edge Spartans