EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Gary Harris scored 14 points and No. 4 Michigan State beat Northwestern 54-40 on Wednesday night for its ninth straight win.
The preseason favorite to win the Big Ten, the Spartans (16-1, 5-0) continue to roll along, although it was hardly an easy night for them. They overcame a sluggish start and pulled away down the stretch even though they shot 2 of 16 on 3-pointers.
Keith Appling scored 11 points and Branden Dawson, fighting an illness, had 11 rebounds and three blocks for MSU, which was missing one of its top players in Adreian Payne. The 6-foot-10 forward sat out his second straight game because of a sprained right foot.
Tre Demps did his best to keep Northwestern (8-10, 1-4) in the game, scoring 10 of his 12 points in the second half, but leading scorer Drew Crawford managed just six.
No. 9 OKLAHOMA STATE 82, TCU 50
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Marcus Smart scored 20 points to help Oklahoma State defeat TCU.
Smart, the reigning Big 12 player of the week, also had eight rebounds and five assists for the Cowboys (15-2, 3-1).
Markel Brown scored 14 points and Le'Bryan Nash added 13 points and eight rebounds for Oklahoma State, which needed to win to stay within range of Big 12 leader Kansas. The 15th-ranked Jayhawks (4-0 Big 12) host the Cowboys on Saturday.
Oklahoma State won for the eighth time in nine games and improved to 9-0 at home.
Karviar Shepherd scored 13 for the Horned Frogs (9-7, 0-4) in their most lopsided loss of the season.
No. 10 SAN DIEGO ST. 68, FRESNO ST. 60
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Xavier Thames scored 28 points and Winston Shepard keyed a 12-2 run for San Diego State, which rallied past Fresno State for its 14th straight win.
The Aztecs (15-1, 4-0 Mountain West), who often looked ragged, won their 38th consecutive game against a team from California. On Monday, SDSU reached its highest AP ranking since it was No. 6 on March 14, 2011.
Tyler Johnson had 24 points and 11 rebounds for Fresno State (8-10, 1-4), which lost for the fourth time in five games.
SDSU won it at the line. Fresno State was whistled for 25 fouls and the Aztecs made 26 of 41 free throws. SDSU was called for only 14 fouls and Fresno State was 11 of 15 from the line.
TEXAS TECH 82, No. 12 BAYLOR 72
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Jaye Crockett had 19 points, Toddrick Gotcher added 17 and Texas Tech beat Baylor for its first Big 12 win of the season.
Dejan Kravic and Robert Turner scored 14 apiece for the Red Raiders (9-8, 1-3), who led all the way and ended a four-game slide against Baylor in Lubbock.
Kenny Chery scored 22 points for the Bears (13-3, 1-2). They finished with only six assists, a season low for a team averaging 16.3.
No. 16 MASSACHUSETTS 88, GEORGE MASON 87
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Chaz Williams had 26 points and eight assists, Derrick Gordon made a go-ahead layup with 8 seconds remaining and Massachusetts edged George Mason.
The Minutemen (15-1, 3-0 Atlantic 10) rallied from eight points down in the second half to win their fifth straight.
Sherrod Wright scored 26 points and Allen had 21 to lead the Patriots (7-10, 0-3), who lost for the eighth time in 10 games. George Mason was seeking its first win over a ranked opponent in more than six years.
Williams, who entered second in the country in assists at 7.5 per game, shot 11 for 17 from the field - including a layup to draw the Minutemen to 87-86 with 18 seconds remaining. Williams' basket came after the first of two costly late turnovers by Wright.
No. 24 SAINT LOUIS 66, ST. BONAVENTURE 60
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Dwayne Evans scored 18 points and Saint Louis won its first game since breaking into the Top 25 for the first time this season, holding off St. Bonaventure.
Jordair Jett scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half for Saint Louis (16-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10), which has won 10 in a row. The start is the school's best since the 1993-94 team was 19-1.
Matthew Wright had 17 points for St. Bonaventure (11-6, 1-2), which was in foul trouble early and ended with four players drawing four fouls apiece.
The Billikens are 3-0 in conference play for the first time since winning the first three in the Mid-Continent Conference in 1989-90.