Michigan State Hangs On to Top Columbia
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.
No. 3 Louisville 99, Cornell 54
Louisville, Ky. — Kevin Ware scored quickly in his return for Louisville and the defending NCAA champion Cardinals posted their school-record 19th straight win, .
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).
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).
No. 4 Duke 97, Fla. Atlantic 64
Durham, n.c. — Rodney Hood scored a career-high 28 points, Jabari Parker added 21 and Duke routed Florida Atlantic.
Parker had his third straight 20-point performance and also got 10 rebounds.
No. 8 Oklahoma State 97 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 63
Stillwater, Okla. — Phil Forte and Markel Brown each scored 22 points and Oklahoma State beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Marcus Smart added 16 points for the Cowboys (3-0). Le’Bryan Nash had nine points and a game-high eight rebounds.
No. 12 North Carolina 62 Holy Cross 54
Chapel Hill, n.c. — Marcus Paige scored a career-high 23 points to help North Carolina push its way past Holy Cross in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.
Malachi Alexander scored 13 to lead Holy Cross, which shot 29 percent and missed 17 of 22 3-pointers.
No. 1 UConn 72 No. 8 Maryland 55
College Park, Md. — Breanna Stewart scored 26 points, and top-ranked Connecticut showed its depth and quickness against Maryland. The short-handed Huskies (3-0) used a 13-2 run early in the second half to take a 56-45 lead, and Maryland (2-1) never get closer than nine points.
GW 75, No. 10 California 72
Washington — Megan Nipe scored a career-high 31 points and Danni Jackson made a 3-pointer with 3:11 left to put George Washington ahead to stay in a victory over California.
Reshanda Gray scored a career-high 24 points and Brittany Boyd added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Golden Bears (1-2), who were coming off a 70-58 home loss to No. 2 Duke.