No. 2 Michigan State avoids upset bid from Columbia, wins 62-53
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Adreian Payne scored 26 points and No. 2 Michigan State avoided a stunning upset Friday night, holding off Columbia 62-53 in the final minutes.
The Spartans (3-0) beat top-ranked Kentucky earlier in the week, and they'll have a chance to move to the top of next week's AP Top 25, but only after trailing for a majority of the second half against the poised, patient Lions (1-2).
Maodo Lo had 12 points for Columbia.
Michigan State scored the game's first nine points, but the Spartans trailed 26-22 at halftime and didn't lead again until Gary Harris' three-point play put Michigan State ahead 49-46 with 7:28 to go.
The Spartans held Columbia without a field goal for the final 4:27.
Columbia's Meiko Lyles made a 3-pointer with 6:08 to go to tie it at 51, and the Lions trailed 54-53 after a layup by Alex Rosenberg, but they didn't score again.
Down 55-53, Columbia committed back-to-back shot clock violations. The Lions may have been thrown off by the Michigan State crowd, which was counting the clock down falsely -- a couple seconds too late.
Still, Columbia had a chance to tie it with 1:47 to go, but Isaac Cohen missed the front end of a one-and-one. At the other end, Keith Appling drove into the teeth of the Columbia defense and lobbed an alley-oop to Payne that made it 57-53.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kevin Ware scored quickly in his return for No. 3 Louisville and the defending NCAA champion Cardinals posted their school-record 19th consecutive win, beating Cornell 99-54 on Friday night.
Ware shattered his leg during last season's Midwest Regional final. He played in an exhibition this season, then sat out the first two games for the Cardinals (3-0).
Ware had five points and two rebounds in 13 minutes. He scored just 16 seconds after checking in with 14:05 left in the first half, splitting defenders on a drive to cap a 20-point run that put Louisville ahead 22-2.
Wayne Blackshear led the Cardinals (3-0) with 20 points, hitting 4 of 5 3-pointers. Chane Behanan added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Nolan Cressler scored 10 points for Cornell (0-4).
DURHAM, N.C. -- Rodney Hood scored a career-high 28 points, Jabari Parker added 21 and No. 4 Duke routed Florida Atlantic 97-64 on Friday night.
Parker had his third consecutive 20-point performance and also got 10 rebounds. He became the first freshman in coach Mike Krzyzewski's 34 seasons at Duke to begin his career with three consecutive 20-point games.
Andre Dawkins had 17 points with his first five 3-pointers of the season for Duke.
The Blue Devils (2-1) shot 55 percent, made 12 3s and never trailed. They bounced back from a 94-83 loss to No. 5 Kansas by making quick work of the outmanned Owls.
Pablo Bertone had 17 points to lead FAU (1-2), which shot 37 percent and lost its second in a row.
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Phil Forte and Markel Brown each scored 22 points and No. 8 Oklahoma State beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 97-63 on Friday night.
Marcus Smart added 16 points for the Cowboys (3-0). Le'Bryan Nash had nine points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Forte shot 6-for-7 from 3-point range and Oklahoma State made 10 of 25 from behind the arc.
The Cowboys led by 12 early in the second half before going on a 32-4 run, with four 3s by Forte making it 82-42.
Tevin Hammond scored 15 points for the Lions (2-1). DeAndre McIntyre and Davon Haynes each added 13.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Marcus Paige scored a career-high 23 points to help No. 12 North Carolina push its way past Holy Cross 62-54 on Friday night in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.
Paige scored 16 points after halftime and joined with fellow sophomore Brice Johnson to give the Tar Heels (2-0) the spark they needed to break free from a 35-all tie. Johnson finished with 12 points for his second double-figure scoring output in two games for UNC, which again played without leading scorer P.J. Hairston and senior guard Leslie McDonald.
Paige and Johnson combined to score 10 points during the 12-0 run that finally gave the Tar Heels some cushion midway through the second half against the Crusaders (1-2), who hung tough despite a miserable shooting game.
Malachi Alexander scored 13 to lead Holy Cross, which shot 29 percent and missed 17 of 22 3-pointers.
Paige and Johnson turned in their second consecutive strong performance to start the year. With Hairston and McDonald out, that's meant more minutes for Paige on the wing instead of his normal role at the point. He scored 14 points with four 3-pointers in the opening win against Oakland a week earlier, then went 8-for-17 from the floor with three 3s in 36 minutes Friday.
He also hit four free throws in the final minute to help seal the win, including two with 58.5 seconds left after Holy Cross had clawed to within 56-50.