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Spartans hold off Penn State


February 20. 2013 2:29AM
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STATE COLLEGE — Adreian Payne scored 20 points after spending the first half on the bench following a morning scuffle with teammate Brandon Dawson, and No. 18 Michigan State held on for a 81-72 victory against Penn State on Wednesday night.


Payne, a sturdy 6-foot-10 forward, made up for lost time by dominating the post in the second half. He had 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in a stretch of six-plus minutes after entering the game with about 16:30 left.


Payne added a 3-pointer — only his second made 3 of the year — in the middle of a 20-8 run to help the Spartans (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) pull ahead midway through the second half.



Butler 62, Richmond 47

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Smith scored 15 points, Kellen Dunham added 11 and No. 13 Butler used a stifling defense to pull away from Richmond for a victory in its first Atlantic 10 Conference home game.


Butler (15-2, 3-0) heads into Saturday's home showdown with No. 8 Gonzaga on a 12-game winning streak. The Bulldogs won without top scorer Rotnei Clarke, who missed the game with a severely sprained neck and has already been ruled out of Saturday's game.



Maryland 51, North Carolina State 50

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Alex Len dropped in a missed shot by teammate Pe'Shon Howard with 00.9 seconds left for Maryland.


Howard drove the left side and came up short on a 5-footer, but the 7-foot-1 Len grabbed the ball in front of the rim and eased it through the hoop. It was Maryland's first win over a ranked team since March 3, 2010, against No. 4 Duke.



Missouri 79, Georgia 62

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Earnest Ross scored 15 points to help Missouri rebound from its biggest loss of the season.


Alex Oriakhi had 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Tigers (13-3, 2-1 SEC), who were held to a season-low 49 points in a 15-point loss at Mississippi on Saturday.



Pittsburgh 58, Villanova 43

VILLANOVA — Durand Johnson and Trey Zeigler each scored 13 points points to lead Pittsburgh to a win over Villanova.


The Panthers (14-4, 2-3 Big East) snapped a tie game with a 15-0 run to end the game and they held Villanova without a point for the final 5 minutes, 13 seconds.




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