No. 14 Michigan State edges No. 19 Ohio St. in second OT


Published: Monday, January 16, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 16, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Michigan State had been here before - overtime, away from home, with a game teetering on the brink.
Just like before, the Spartans reached down for a little extra.
Drew Neitzel hit a runner and two free throws in the final 44 seconds of the second overtime to lead No. 14 Michigan State to a 62-59 victory over No. 19 Ohio State on Sunday night.
"I told them in the huddle that we played Gonzaga and Arizona - we played all those overtime games and we've earned the right to win the game," coach Tom Izzo said, referring to his team's games against ranked teams in the Maui Invitational last November. "They looked back at me and said, 'Damn right we did.' "
Even though the game featured two of the Big Ten's top three offenses, both played physical, hands-on defense.
Paul Davis, who scored 18 points for the Spartans (14-4, 2-2), cemented the lead with two free throws with 11 seconds left.
The Buckeyes' Jamar Butler then missed a 3-pointer and Matt Sylvester - who had earlier hit two big 3s to pull his team back - failed on a short follow in the final seconds. Davis rebounded for the Spartans, raising his arm in celebration while Izzo and his staff hugged on the sideline.
"Even the officials looked at me before the game and said this is special," Izzo said. "It was a big win."
NO. 12 PITTSBURGH 61, NO. 10 LOUISVILLE 57:
Freshman reserve guard Levance Fields scored 13 points and visiting No. 12 Pittsburgh remained undefeated with a victory over No. 10 Louisville.
Aaron Gray's two free throws with 2 seconds left followed three missed 3-pointers by the Cardinals, who fell to 0-3 this season against ranked teams.
Gray finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Panthers (14-0, 3-0), one of three unbeaten teams in Division I along with top-ranked Duke (16-0) and No. 2 Florida (16-0). Pittsburgh has opened the season with 14 straight wins for the second time in three years.
Terrence Williams led the Cardinals (13-3, 1-2) with 25 points.
NO. 23 MARYLAND 90, WAKE FOREST 86: Mike Jones scored 22 points, D.J. Strawberry added a career-high 18, and No. 23 Maryland kept visiting Wake Forest winless in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Justin Gray scored a career-high 38 points for Wake Forest, which cut a 17-point deficit to two with 2.9 seconds left. Strawberry then clinched it with two foul shots.
Nik Caner-Medley scored 17 points to help the Terrapins (12-4, 2-2) bounce back from losses at Miami and Duke. Maryland placed five players in double figures, led by Jones, whose previous high in an ACC game was 15 points.

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