Big Ten Men's Basketball Roundup: No. 5 Michigan State holds off Minnesota in OT

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No. 5 Michigan State 87, Minnesota 75 (OT)

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Keith Appling scored 24 points to help No. 5 Michigan State beat Minnesota 87-75 in overtime Saturday after overcoming a double-digit deficit in the second half and blowing a lead late in regulation.

The Spartans (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten) scored 15 straight points while holding the Golden Gophers (13-4, 2-2) scoreless for nearly 8 minutes after trailing 53-43 with 15:57 left.

Michigan State missed an opportunity to win in regulation for the second straight game, losing a five-point lead in the last 13 seconds.

Minnesota’s Malik Smith made his fifth 3-pointer, Gary Harris missed two free throws with 11.3 seconds left for the Spartans and DeAndre Mathieu’s layup with 1.7 seconds left tied the game and sent it to overtime.

Michigan State scored the first nine points of OT.

Indiana 79, Penn State 76

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Noah Vonleh scored a career-high 19 points, Yogi Ferrell added 15 and Indiana held off Penn State 79-76 on Saturday.

The Hoosiers (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten) trailed by as many as 15 early before rallying by the reeling Nittany Lions (9-8, 0-4) in the second half. Indiana took the lead for good on a 3-pointer from the corner by Austin Etherington with 1:22 left and made six straight free throws to avoid its worst start in conference play in three years.

DJ Newbill tied a career-high with 24 points for Penn State, but his 3-point heave with 3 seconds left hit the back of the rim as the Nittany Lions lost their sixth straight conference game.

Ross Travis chipped in 13 points but leading scorer Tim Frazier was limited to 10 points and fouled out as Penn State’s beleaguered basketball program couldn’t provide another emotional boost on the same day the football program lured James Franklin away from Vanderbilt to succeed Bill O’Brien. In front of a crowd well short of capacity, there was no sign or mention during the game of Franklin, who was to be introduced later in the day.

— Associated Press

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