Printed on: November 21, 2012

Spartans slip past Broncos


EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Keith Appling scored 22 points while Branden Dawson and Denzel Valentine made key contributions to help slow-starting Michigan State rally twice to beat Boise State 74-70 on Tuesday night.

Appling was 8-for-14 from the field and delivered the critical three-point play in the final minute. Valentine had 12 points in his first career start, while Dawson added 10 points, five rebounds and three steals for the No. 15 Spartans (3-1), who suffered a major blow for at least one night when high-scoring freshman Gary Harris suffered a shoulder injury in the opening minute.

Derrick Marks scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half before fouling out with 2:37 left for Leon Rice's Broncos (3-1), who had already beaten Texas Southern, Oakland and Louisiana in the five-team Spartan Showcase.

Around the Top 25

No. 1 Indiana 82, Georgetown 72, OT: At New York, a night after an ineffective game, Cody Zeller had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Indiana to an overtime win against Georgetown in the title game of the Legends Classic.

No. 7 Florida 58, Savannah State 40: At Gainesville, Fla., Mike Rosario scored 13 points, Patric Young added a double-double and Florida overwhelmed Savannah State.

Butler 82, No. 9 North Carolina 71: At Lahaina, Hawaii, Rotnei Clarke and Kellen Dunham each scored 17 points to lead the unranked Bulldogs past UNC, jumping out to a 17-point halftime lead and holding back several second-half surges from the Tar Heels in the second round of the Maui Invitational.

No. 11 UCLA 60, Georgia 56: At New York, Shabazz Muhammad scored 20 points and UCLA made enough free throws late to hold off Georgia in the consolation game of the Legends Classic tournament.

No. 12 Kansas 73, Saint Louis 59: At Kansas City, Mo., Jeff Withey matched a career high with 25 points, Travis Releford added 23 and Kansas held off Saint Louis to win the CBE Classic.

No. 14 Creighton 105, Longwood 57: At Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott and Gregory Echenique scored 17 points apiece to lead four Creighton players in double figures, and the Bluejays defeated Longwood.

No. 22 Cincinnati 91, Campbell 72: At Cincinnati, Cashmere Wright scored a career-high 28 points and Cincinnati remained undefeated with a win over Campbell in the Global Sports Invitational.

Around the nation

Grinnell's Taylor scores 138 in win: At Grinnell, Iowa, Jack Taylor scored 138 points to shatter the NCAA scoring record in Division III Grinnell's 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible.

Taylor made 27 of 71 3-point attempts, was 52 of 108 overall from the field and added seven free throws on 10 attempts in 36 minutes.

Rio Grande's Bevo Francis held the NCAA scoring record with 113 points against Hillsdale in 1954. In 1953, Francis had 116 against Ashland Junior College. Frank Selvy is the only other player to reach triple figures, scoring 100 points for Division I Furman against Newberry in 1954.

Around the NBA

Knicks 102, Hornets 80: At New Orleans, Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and the Knicks extended the undermanned Hornets' losing streak to four games.

76ers 106, Raptors 98: At Philadelphia, Jason Richardson scored six of his 21 points late in the fourth quarter, Nick Young had 23 off the bench and the 76ers past the Raptors.