BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 10 Michigan St. shocks No. 2 Ohio St. 34-24
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Michigan State shook up the BCS title chase again Saturday night.
The No. 10 Spartans regained the lead on Connor Cook's 9-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Price with 11:41 left and upset No. 2 Ohio State 34-24 to take the Big Ten title and put Auburn back in the national title hunt.
Ohio State (12-1) had the nation's longest active winning streak end at 24 as coach Urban Meyer suffered his first loss since taking over in Columbus.
It was a game that almost defied logic.
The Spartans (12-1) led 17-0 after 21 minutes, then gave up the next 24 points before scoring the final 17.
Michigan State sealed the victory, and its probable trip to the Rose Bowl, with Jeremy Langford's late 26-yard TD run. The Spartans haven't played in Pasadena since 1988.
Irving helps Cavaliers beat Clippers 88-82
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kyrie Irving, coming off the first scoreless game of his career, scored 20 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 88-82 Saturday night.
Tristan Thompson added 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Andrew Bynum added 18 points for Cleveland.
Irving, who didn't score in a season-low 20 minutes Friday against Atlanta, scored seven points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with 15.7 seconds left to put the game away.
Jamal Crawford scored 19 points for the Clippers, who have lost three of four. Chris Paul scored 13 points while DeAndre Jordan added 12.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao got into a confrontation with 2:21 to play that resulted in Varejao receiving a personal foul, while Griffin and Cleveland's Jarrett Jack were hit with technicals.
Knight scores 20, Illinois St. beats No. 25 Dayton
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Daishon Knight had 20 points and six rebounds as Illinois State beat No. 25 Dayton 81-75 on Saturday night.
Bobby Hunter scored 16 points and Zach Lofton added 13 for the Redbirds (5-4).
Jordan Sibert and Vee Sanford had 13 points apiece to lead the Flyers (7-2).
Illinois State jumped to a 6-0 lead and held a 39-32 advantage at the half. The Redbirds led by as many as 10 points in the first half, thanks to a tough defense that kept Dayton from getting good looks at the basket.
Both teams shot about 50 percent from the field, with the Redbirds hitting on 26 of 52 shots and the Flyers going 28 of 57.
The game was won at the free-throw line, with Illinois hitting 21 of 31 free throws to Dayton's 12 of 20.
Toler, 2 other Colts don't make trip to Cincinnati
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Colts will be missing two starters Sunday at Cincinnati.
Left guard Hugh Thornton and cornerback Greg Toler did not make Saturday's short trip south on I-74. Backup linebacker Kavell Conner also stayed home.
Thornton had been considered questionable with a neck injury. Toler has missed five straight games with a groin injury. Conner is out with an ankle injury.
Indy (8-4) can clinch the AFC South with a win over the Bengals, a Tennessee loss at Denver or either team ties. The Bengals (8-4) lead the AFC North.
Ross has 23, No. 5 Buckeyes beat CCSU, 74-56
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - LaQuinton Ross scored four of his career-high 23 points in a 10-0 second-half run, leading No. 5 Ohio State past Central Connecticut State 74-56 on Saturday night.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 17 points and Amir Williams had 11 for the Buckeyes (8-0), who finally pulled away midway through the second half.
Faronte Drakeford led the Blue Devils (2-6) with 12 points and Matt Mobley added 10. The Blue Devils created problems for Ohio State with their zone defense and pass-and-cut offense that often resulted in layups.
A crowd of 13,640 was as reserved as the Buckeyes most of the game. Maybe it was the lack of students, a mid-level opponent, the frosty weather outside or Ohio State's impending Big Ten football championship game on Saturday night, but there were long stretches when the crowd was relatively quiet.
Oakland scores 48 in second half, beats Ohio 73-56
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) - Duke Mondy and Kahlil Felder scored 13 apiece to lead six Oakland players in double figures on Saturday night in a 73-56 victory over Ohio.
Oakland (2-7) trailed 35-29 early in the second half before going on a 26-5 run capped by Travis Bader's second 3-pointer with 7:47 left in the game.
Until that run, the Grizzlies had been 1 of 15 from 3-point range and Bader had been 0 for 8. Bader's first 3-pointer gave the Grizzlies their first lead of the game at 37-35 with 13:42 left and Oakland never trailed from there.
Bader extended his streak of games with at least one 3-pointer to 62, the longest current streak in the country.
Nick Kellogg led Ohio (6-2) with 18 points but fouled out with 2:26 left. The Bobcats had closed the gap to 53-64, but allowed Oakland to go on a 10-2 run after Kellogg's departure.
New Mexico beats Cincinnati 63-54
ALBURQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Cameron Bairstow scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Saturday and New Mexico won 63-54, handing Cincinnati its first loss of the season.
New Mexico (7-1) took a 6-4 lead on a free throw by Bairstow at 17:36 and pulled away by as many as 14 to take a 27-20 halftime lead. Cincinnati (7-1) shot just 26.7 percent from the field in the half.
Cincinnati rallied in the second half, and Sean Kilpatrick made it a 2-point game at 35-33 on free throws at 15:01, but Bairstow replied with a layup and Alex Kirk added a dunk and the Lobos pulled away 41-33. Cincinnati pulled to within five, but another New Mexico run put the game out of reach.
Alex Kirk scored 15 for New Mexico and Kendall Williams added 10.
Sean Kilpatrick led Cincinnati with 19 points, Troy Caupain scored 11 and Justin Jackson added 10.
Davis 3s key Xavier past Bowling Green 85-73 in OT
CINCINNATI (AP) - Myles Davis sank two overtime 3-pointers as the Xavier Musketeers snapped a three-game losing streak with 85-73 win over Bowling Green on Saturday.
Davis broke a 69-69 tie with a 3-pointer from the right corner with 3:59 left in overtime and added another one from the same spot to give the Musketeers a 79-73 lead with 1:29 remaining before a crowd of 9,270. He scored eight of his 14 points as Xavier outscored Bowling Green, 17-5, in the overtime.
Semaj Christon led Xavier (6-4) with 22 points, while James Farr added a career-high 15. Isaiah Philmore also scored 15, 14 in the second half.
Richaun Holmes scored a career-high 26 points to lead both teams. Jehvon Clarke and Anthony Henderson each added 13 points for the Falcons (3-5), who've lost two of their last three games.
Akron shoots past Cleveland State 73-61
CLEVELAND (AP) - Reggie McAdams and Nyles Evans combined for some hot 3-point shooting as Akron breezed past Cleveland State 73-61 on Saturday afternoon.
Akron (2-2) showed no sign of being rusty, playing only their fourth regular season game of the season, following a 21-day layoff. The Zips pegged the game by making 50 percent from beyond the three, hitting 11-of-22 attempts. The Vikings on the other hand, made only 4-of-13 baskets from beyond the arc.
Cleveland State (4-5) held a brief lead of 9-8 seven minutes in, but by halftime Akron had pulled away to a 32-23 lead and never allowed the Vikings to get close. The Zips pushed the lead to as many as 19 points midway through the second half on the way to the victory.
Charlie Lee scored 14 for the Vikings, but Bryn Forbes, who averages 19.8 points was held to just nine.
UMKC defeats Youngstown St. 88-80
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Nelson Kirksey scored a career-high 24 points on Saturday as Missouri-Kansas City took a close lead at the half and held on to beat Youngstown State 88-80 on Saturday.
Kirksey shot 8 of 13 (61.5 percent) from the floor and led all four other UMKC starters in double figures. The Kangaroos (2-6) got 18 points each from Martez Harrison and Frank Williams Jr., and Trinity Hall added 15 while Fred Chatmon scored 11. Williams Jr. scored three of UMKC'S six 3-pointers.
The Penguins took their largest lead of the game at 23-19 with 7:06 to play in the first half, but UMKC slowly edged past and led 42-34 at the break.
Youngstown State pulled within two (55-53) with 12:36 remaining after a layup by DJ Cole. Kendrick Perry led all scorers with 33 points, but it wasn't enough to sustain the Penguins (7-4).
VMI shoots down Wright State 94-74
LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) - QJ Peterson scored a game-high 21 points and four teammates scored double digits Saturday as VMI beat Wright State 94-74 with a balanced attack and by making 17 of 31 3-point attempts.
Brian Brown, Jordan Weethee and Rodney Glasgow each scored 15 for VMI (5-4), and Brown scored a game-high five 3-pointers. D.J. Covington scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Matt Vest led Wright State (5-6) with 14 points, Dixon Miles scored 13 and AJ Pacher added 12.
Wright State stayed close early in the first half and the lead changed hands nine times until VMI pulled ahead 24-21 at 10:04 on a 3-pointer by Trey Chapman, then pulled away to lead 47-36 at halftime. The Keydets finished shooting 54.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
VMI continued to dominate in the second half, leading by as many at 23 points and out-rebounding the Raiders 41-33.
Moeller wins second straight Division I title
CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Gus Ragland ran for five touchdowns and threw for three more to lead Cincinnati Moeller to the Ohio Division I state championship with a 55-52 win over Mentor at Canton's Fawcett Stadium.
The Associated Press' co-offensive player of the year tied the Division I state championship record for rushing touchdowns Saturday as 14-1 Moeller won its second consecutive title and ninth overall. He threw for 273 yards and rushed for 189.
It's the first time a school has won back-to-back championships in Division I since Cincinnati Elder did it in 2002-03 and the third time the Crusaders have done it.
The 107 points the 13-2 Mentor and Moeller scored were the most in a D-I final, eclipsing the 71 by Hilliard Davidson and Moeller in 2006.
Cavaliers defeat Columbus Bishop Hartley, 17-7
MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) - Quarterback Brody Hoying rushed for 145 yards, scored three touchdowns and came up with a key interception Saturday to lead Coldwater to a 24-7 victory over Columbus Bishop Hartley in the Division V state championship football game.
Hoying, a 5-10, 180-pound junior, scored on runs of nine, three and 32 yards as Coldwater won its fourth state title since 2007 at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Hoying, a cousin of former Ohio State standouts Bobby Hoying and Ross and Adam Homan, scored twice in the span of 2:40 of the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers became the third school to repeat as a state champion this weekend.
Marion Local wins third straight state final
MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) - Adam Bertke threw for a touchdown and ran for two more scores to lead Maria Stein Marion Local to its third consecutive state title with a 33-0 win over Glouster Trimble in the Ohio Division VII championship on Saturday.
The Flyers (15-0) became the seventh school in Ohio High School Athletic Association history to win three or more consecutive titles, joining Cincinnati Moeller, Cleveland St. Ignatius, Delphos St. John's, Newark Catholic, Versailles and Youngstown Ursuline.
It was the seventh state title for the Associated Press' top-ranked team. The win over the Tomcats (14-1) extended the Flyers' winning streak to 22 games.
Bertke finished 17-of-28 passing for 216 yards and added 47 yards rushing. Jacy Goettemoeller added 44 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
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