Appling leads Spartans past Illini

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Michigan State's Keith Appling drives to the basket for two of his 24 points against Illinois.  AL GOLDIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Michigan State's Keith Appling drives to the basket for two of his 24 points against Illinois.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Keith Appling led a pivotal run in the second half and finished with 24 points and seven assists to help No. 13 Michigan State beat Illinois 80-75 on Thursday night.

The Spartans (18-4, 7-2 Big Ten) scored the first 14 points of the second half to take their first lead. The Fighting Illini (15-7, 2-6) lost for the fifth time in six games.

NO. 8 ARIZONA 57,

WASHINGTON 53

In Seattle, Nick Johnson scored 15 points, and Arizona (18-2, 6-2 Pac-12) rallied to beat Washington (12-9, 4-4).

ST. LOUIS 75,

NO. 9 BUTLER 58

In St. Louis, Jordair Jett had 19 points and the Billikens (15-5, 4-2 Atlantic-10) pressured Butler (17-4, 4-2) into 23 turnovers.

FURMAN 81,

GEORGIA SOUTHERN 74

In Greenville, S.C., Charlie Reddick hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 points to lead Furman (6-13, 3-5 Southern Conference) past Georgia Southern (9-13, 3-6).

WOMEN

NO. 5 DUKE 82, MIAMI 43

In Durham, N.C., Tricia Liston scored 17 points, Chelsea Gray added 16 and Duke (19-1, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) routed Miami (14-7, 5-5).

WISCONSIN 63,

NO. 7 PENN STATE 61

In Madison, Wis., Morgan Paige scored a career-high 33 points to lead Wisconsin (10-11, 2-6 Big Ten) over Penn State (17-3, 7-1).

NO. 9 TENNESSEE 88,

MISSISSIPPI STATE 45

In Knoxville, Tenn., Kamiko Williams scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Tennessee (17-4, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) routed Mississippi State (9-12, 1-7).

NO. 11 NORTH CAROLINA 72,

NO. 20 FLORIDA STATE 62

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Xylina McDaniel scored 19 points and Waltiea Rolle added 18 to lead North Carolina (20-2, 8-1 ACC) past Florida State (17-4, 7-3).

NO. 13 GEORGIA 65,

ALABAMA 59

In Athens, Ga., Khaalidah Miller scored 11 points off the bench as Georgia (18-3, 6-2 SEC) held off Alabama (12-9, 2-6).

NO. 14 PURDUE 59,

INDIANA 42

In West Lafayette, Ind., Sam Ostarello had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Purdue (18-3, 7-1 Big Ten) over Indiana (10-11, 1-7).

NO. 16 TEXAS A&M 60,

VANDERBILT 52

In College Station, Texas, Courtney Walker scored 20 points to lead Texas A&M (17-5, 7-1 SEC) over Vanderbilt (14-7, 4-4) .

NO. 25 DELAWARE 70,

GEORGIA STATE 38

In Atlanta, Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points as Delaware (17-3, 8-0 Colonial Athletic Association) routed Georgia State (10-9, 2-6).

GEORGIA TECH 89,

WAKE FOREST 82 (OT)

In Atlanta, Tyaunna Marshall had 28 points and 17 rebounds to lead Georgia Tech (9-12, 2-8 ACC) past Wake Forest (10-11, 3-6) in overtime.

CLEMSON 47,

VIRGINIA TECH 37

In Blacksburg, Va., Quinyotta Pettaway had 14 points and eight rebounds and Clemson (6-14, 2-7 ACC) limited Virginia Tech (7-13, 1-8) to 25 percent shooting.


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