MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Cassius Winston scored 23 points to help No. 11 Michigan State beat 20th-ranked Wisconsin 67-59 on Tuesday night in Big Ten Conference action as former Rockridge prep Ethan Happ reached another career milestone.
In doing so, the Michigan State (20-5, 11-3 Big Ten) star outdueled Wisconsin's Happ, who scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. His 20 points put Happ at 2,000 for his career as he became the fourth player in the Big Ten to ever hit that mark and grab 1,000 rebounds. Happ, who now has 1,138 rebounds for his career, is also the first conference player to accomplish that in more than 35 years.
At times, the game seemed like a contest between the two heavyweights as Winston seemed to answer every Happ hook shot with a floater or 3-pointer.
But Wisconsin (17-7, 9-4) staggered at home, going more than five minutes without a point as the Spartans put away the game and hand the Badgers their second straight league loss.
The game was still in doubt with 32 seconds to go before Kenny Goins hit a 3-pointer to give the Spartans a 62-56 lead. Wisconsin was then forced to foul, and Brad Davison finally broke the Badgers' scoreless streak making a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left.
Goins and Nick Ward each added 12 points for the Spartans, while Wisconsin's Nate Reuvers was the only other player in double figures for scoring at 11.
As dominant as Happ was at times, he also accounted for six of the Badgers' 10 turnovers. He also missed all six free throw attempts he took, including two with the Badgers down 59-56 and 1:28 left.
PSU 75, No. 6 Michigan 69: Lamar Stevens scored 15 of his 26 points in the first half and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Penn State's home upset.
Penn State pulled away in the first half as its star heated up and Michigan played the second without its coach. Michigan coach John Beilein received back-to-back technical fouls and was ejected for arguing with officials as the teams entered the locker rooms after the first half.
The usually mild-mannered Beilein appeared to be upset after Penn State guard Jamari Wheeler barreled over Zavier Simpson to free up Rasir Bolton's buzzer-beating layup. Beilein needed to be calmed down by assistants DeAndre Haynes and Saddi Washington as he approached the scorer's table to argue, then again after he was assessed another violation as he was walking away.
Washington assumed head coaching duties in the second half.
Myles Dread chipped in 17 points, hitting five 3-pointers, for the Nittany Lions (9-15, 2-11 Big Ten). The win snapped Penn State's eight-game skid against Michigan.
Charles Matthews scored 24 points and Jordan Poole added 17 for the Wolverines (22-3, 11-3) who never led after the first 2:24.
Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions built a 13-point halftime advantage and led by as many as 12 with 1:27 to play.
Michigan pulled within four on Jordan Poole's 3-pointer with 18 seconds left, but Stevens went 2-for-4 from the free throw line to keep the game out of reach.
With the Nittany Lions up by four midway through the first half, Stevens scored 10 points during an 18-9 run that made it 40-27 at halftime.
The rangy forward came up big on the other end of the floor as well. He blocked Poole's layup try then came up with a rebound on another Michigan miss seconds later to foil the Wolverines' final first-half possession.
No. 24 Maryland 70, No. 12 Purdue 56: Jalen Smith scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half, and hosting Maryland used a strong defensive performance to beat Purdue, ending the Boilermakers' eight-game winning streak.
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Down by eight at halftime, the Terrapins (19-6, 10-4 Big Ten) took the lead for the first time with 10 minutes left before pulling away. The comeback was fueled by Smith, Eric Alaya and fellow freshman Aaron Wiggins.
Maryland outscored Purdue 40-18 in the second half, limiting the Boilermakers to 1-for-16 shooting from beyond the arc.
Ayala scored 15, Anthony Cowan Jr. added 12 and Fernando Bruno had 12 points and 12 rebounds, his seventh straight double-double and 16th of the season. Wiggins scored 11 on 4-of-6 shooting.
Carsen Edwards scored 24 for Purdue (17-7, 10-3), but was limited to seven points after halftime on 2-for-13 shooting. The Boilermakers went 6 for 36 from the floor in the second half.
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LSU upsets Kentucky on tip-in: Kavell Bigby-Williams's tip-in at the buzzer lifted No. 19 LSU to a 73-71 road victory over fifth-ranked Kentucky.
With the game tied after Keldon Johnson made two free throws with 6 seconds left, Skylar Mays drove the length of the court. His shot missed, but Bigby-Williams got the offensive rebound and scored to give the Tigers their first win over the Wildcats since 2009. It was just the sixth time ever that LSU (20-4, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) has beaten Kentucky (20-4, 10-2).
Tremont Waters, who finished with 15 points to lead the Tigers, hit two free throws with 20 seconds left to give LSU a two-point lead before Johnson's free throws tied it.
Naz Reid and Emmitt Williams scored 12 each and Mays had 11 for the Tigers.
No. 10 Marquette 92, DePaul 73: Markus Howard scored 36 points, Sam Hauser had 17 and Marquette cruised by hosting DePaul.
Howard went 12 for 21 from the field and 8 for 10 at the free-throw line in another impressive performance. He has scored at least 30 points in four of his last five games.
Sacar Anim added 12 points as Marquette (21-4, 10-2 Big East) won its second straight game since a disappointing 70-69 loss to St. John's.
It was mostly smooth sailing for the Golden Eagles all night long. Hauser went to the locker room after he was poked in his right eye with 6:51 left, but he returned to the bench to watch the final minute with his jubilant teammates.
Femi Olujobi scored 19 points for DePaul (13-10, 5-7), and Max Strus had 16
No. 25 Buffalo 76, Akron 70: CJ Massinburg scored 21 points, Dontay Caruthers added 15 and Buffalo turned up its defensive intensity in the second half and held on to beat Akron, dropping the Zips to 0-31 against ranked teams.
The Bulls (21-3, 9-2 Mid-American Conference) were held to one of the lowest point totals this season, but the defending conference champions were able to do enough against the Zips (14-10, 6-5), ranked 13th nationally in scoring defense.
Caruthers came off the bench and gave the Bulls some solid minutes at both ends, drawing a charging foul during a key second-half stretch for Buffalo, which forced two 30-second clock violations after halftime.
Loren Cristian Jackson scored 20 and Tyler Cheese 16 for the Zips, who kept fighting and closed within 73-70 on Daniel Utomi's 3-pointer with 16.3 seconds left.