EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State is banged up, and it keeps getting worse for the 12th-ranked Spartans. At least theyre winning while they pile up the injuries.
Gary Harris scored 15 points while playing through a back ailment and Keith Appling added 14 points before leaving with an injury, leading Michigan State to a 61-50 victory over No. 18 Minnesota on Wednesday night.
Harris played after being knocked out of the previous game with back spasms and was limited in practice early in the week.
Gary hit a couple big shots, the guy has ice in his veins and is tougher than nails, Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. He could barely go. It was one of the guttier performances in my career.
The Spartans (19-4 8-2 Big Ten) moved into a second-place tie with No. 3 Michigan, which visits East Lansing on Tuesday night after playing Saturday night at Purdue.
Minnesota (17-6, 5-5), meanwhile, has lost five of its last seven games.
TCU 62, No. 5 KANSAS 55: In Fort Worth, Texas, Garlon Green scored 20 points as the Horned Frogs (10-12, 1-8) stunned the Jayhawks for their first Big 12 victory. Kansas (19-3, 7-2), coming off a loss four days earlier against Oklahoma State, has its first losing streak in more than seven years. They had played 264 games in a row since January 2006 without consecutive losses., the longest active streak in NCAA Division I.
No. 7 ARIZONA 73, STANFORD 66: In Tucson, Ariz., Mark Lyons scored a season-high 25 points and led a key stretch in the second half to lead the Wildcats (20-2, 9-2 Pac-12) past the Cardinal (14-9, 5-5).
No. 11 LOUISVILLE 68, RUTGERS 48: In Piscataway, N.J., Wayne Blackshear scored a career-high 19 points and hit a three-pointer to ignite a 23-2 run early in the second half that carried the Cardinals (19-4, 7-3 Big East) to their third straight win. Eli Carter had 13 points to lead Rutgers (12-9, 3-7).
PROVIDENCE 54, No. 17 CINCINNATI 50: In Providence, R.I., Kadeem Batts scored 25 points and the Fryers (12-11, 4-7 Big East) held onto a late lead. Sean Kilpatrick led Cincinnati with 13 points. The Bearcats (18-5, 6-4) lost for the second time in seven games.
No. 22 OKLAHOMA STATE 69, BAYLOR 67, OT: In Stillwater, Okla., Michael Cobbins blocked a shot then converted a fast-break layup with two-tenths of a second left in overtime to lead the Cowboys (16-5, 6-3 Big 12), who blew a 14-point lead in the final 7:40 of regulation against the Bears (14-8, 5-4).
No. 24 MARQUETTE 70, SOUTH FLORIDA 47: In Tampa, Fla., Todd Mayo and Vander Blue both scored 13 points to help the Golden Eagles (16-5, 7-2 Big East), who jumped out to a 39-16 halftime lead. South Florida (10-12, 1-9) got 14 points from Zach LeDay.
No. 1 BAYLOR 86, KANSAS 45: In Waco, Texas, Brittney Griner had 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Bears (21-1, 11-0 Big 12) past the Jayhawks (14-7, 5-5). The 6-foot-8 senior moved into 10th all-time on the Division I scoring list.
No. 23 OKLAHOMA 74, KANSAS STATE 68: In Manhattan, Kan., Aaryn Ellenberg scored 18 points to lead five in double figures as the Sooners (17-5, 7-3 Big 12) beat the Wildcats (12-10, 3-7).
No. 25 IOWA STATE 67, TEXAS 48: In Austin, Texas, Anna Prins scored 19 points and Nikki Moody added 15 as the Cyclones (16-5, 7-4 Big 12) routed the Longhorns (9-12, 2-8).