STILLWATER, Okla. — Freshman swingman Le’Bryan Nash scored a career-high 27 points, Brian Williams added a career-best 22 and Oklahoma State knocked off No. 2 Missouri 79-72 on Wednesday night.
Nash, a McDonald’s All-American, scored 13 points during a 17-4 burst that sent the Cowboys into the lead in the final 4 minutes and the Tigers (18-2, 5-2 Big 12) didn’t have a response.
Ricardo Ratliffe had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Missouri, which allowed OSU to shoot a season-best 59 percent. The Cowboys had not surpassed 49 percent against an NCAA opponent all season.
NO. 4 OHIO STATE 78, PENN STATE 54
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jared Sullinger had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Ohio State (18-3, 6-2 Big Ten) took advantage of Penn State’s slow start.
The Nittany Lions paid tribute to Joe Paterno by wearing black bands on their jerseys. Big Ten scoring leader Tim Frazier had 16 points for Penn State (10-12, 2-7), which has lost its last 17 meetings with Ohio State.
NO. 10 MICHIGAN ST. 68, MINNESOTA 52
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Draymond Green had 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists to help Michigan State beat Minnesota and give coach Tom Izzo his 400th win.
Izzo downplayed what the milestone meant to him on Monday, but was wiping tears off his cheeks during the final seconds of the victory.
The Spartans (17-4, 6-2) moved into a first-place tie in the Big Ten with their second straight win after losing two in a row.
The Golden Gophers (15-6, 3-5) had won three straight, including their previous two on the road. Rodney Williams scored 15 points for Minnesota.
NO. 15 CREIGHTON 77, DRAKE 69
DES MOINES, Iowa — Doug McDermott scored 30 points and Creighton held off Drake for its sixth straight road win.
Jahenns Manigat added 15 points for the Bluejays (19-2, 9-1 MVC), who have the program’s longest road winning streak in 37 years.
Creighton let a 15-point lead dwindle to two early in the second half. But McDermott helped keep the Bulldogs from getting any closer, scoring 10 straight points late in the half.
Rayvonte Rice had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Drake (12-9, 5-5).
NO. 18 MISSISSIPPI STATE 76, LSU 71
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Arnett Moultrie scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season and Mississippi State held off a late LSU charge.
Moultrie had 19 points in the second half as the Bulldogs built on a 32-31 halftime lead. The 6-foot-11 junior made 10 of 18 shots from the field and grabbed six offensive rebounds.
Jalen Steele scored 15 points — hitting 3 of 4 from 3-point range — and Rodney Hood added 13 for Mississippi State (17-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference), which outrebounded LSU 46-26. Dee Bost had nine points and 10 assists.
Andre Stringer led the Tigers (12-8, 2-4) with 17 points off the bench.
LSU hit four late 3-pointers to pull within 72-71 with 15 seconds left. The only thing that saved the Bulldogs was a 6-for-6 performance at the free throw line during LSU’s run.
NO. 23 FLORIDA STATE 75, WAKE FOREST 52
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Michael Snaer scored 18 points to lead Florida State over Wake Forest.
Okaro White added 11 points, Xavier Gibson had 10 and Snaer hit four 3-pointers to help the Seminoles (14-6, 5-1) win their fifth straight Atlantic Coast Conference game, their longest winning streak in league play in two years.
The ACC co-leaders shot nearly 51 percent, led the entire second half and broke the game open with an 18-2 run.
C.J. Harris scored 16 points to lead Wake Forest (11-9, 2-4), which lost center Ty Walker to a concussion late in the first half and couldn’t overcome 18 turnovers or a rough game from No. 2 scorer Travis McKie. He finished a season-worst 1 of 13 and scored three points — well below his average of 17.