Last-second basket helps Maryland upset N.C. State

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Alex Len dropped in a missed shot by teammate Pe’Shon Howard with 0.9 seconds left, giving Maryland a 51-50 victory over No. 14 North Carolina State on Wednesday night.

Howard drove the left side and came up short on a 5-footer, but the 7-foot-1 Len grabbed the ball in front of the rim and eased it through the hoop. After the Wolfpack failed on a desperation heave on the other end, thousands of students in the sellout crowd stormed the court to celebrate Maryland’s first win over a ranked team since March 3, 2010, against No. 4 Duke.

Len, with 10 points, was the only Terrapin to score in double figures.

Maryland (14-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won 10 of 11 against the Wolfpack (14-3, 3-1), including five in a row at home.

Lorenzo Brown scored 17 points for NC State, which had won 10 straight overall.

No. 13 Butler 62, Richmond 47: In Indianapolis, Andrew Smith scored 15 points, Kellen Dunham added 11, and Butler used a stifling defense to pull away from Richmond.

Butler (15-2, 3-0), which has won 12 straight overall, was without leading scorer Rotnei Clarke, who was out with a severely sprained neck. Without Clarke, the Bulldogs relied on a defense that held the Spiders to a season-low 32.7 percent shooting.

Richmond (11-7, 1-2) was led by Darien Brothers with 12 points. The Spiders were playing without their second-leading scorer, Derrick Williams, who missed his fourth straight game with a sprained ankle.

Butler made it look easy, using first-half runs of 7-0 and 8-0 to take a 33-21 halftime lead and never let the Spiders get closer than nine in the second half.

No. 16 Kansas St. 67, TCU 54: In Fort Worth, Texas, Rodney McGruder scored 21 points for Kansas State.

The Wildcats (14-2, 3-0 Big 12) got off to a slow start before taking control with a 19-4 run midway through the first half.

McGruder’s layup with 11 minutes left in the first half tied the game at 10, after Kansas State had fallen behind 10-5. The Wildcats led for good when McGruder had a defensive rebound and turned that into a fastbreak 3-pointer by Will Spradling. A floater by McGruder stretched the lead to 24-14.

Adrick McKinney had 18 points and nine rebounds for TCU (9-8, 0-4).

No. 18 Michigan State 81, Penn State 72: In State College, Pa., Adreian Payne scored 20 points after spending the first half on the bench following a morning scuffle with teammate Brandon Dawson, and Michigan State held on.

Payne, a sturdy 6-foot-10 forward, made up for lost time by dominating the post in the second half. He had 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in a stretch of six-plus minutes after entering the game with about 16:30 left.

Payne added a 3-pointer — only his second made 3 of the year — in the middle of a 20-8 run to help the Spartans (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) pull ahead midway through the second half.

Penn State (8-9, 0-5) stayed closed much of the night in large part because of Jermaine Marshall, who scored 22 of his career-high 29 points after halftime.

SEC

No. 17 Missouri 79, Georgia 62: In Columbia, Mo., Earnest Ross scored 15 points while surviving two spills, helping rebound from its biggest setback of the season.

Alex Oriakhi had 13 points on perfect 5-for-5 shooting, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Tigers (13-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), who were held to a season-low 49 points in a 15-point loss at Ole Miss on Saturday. Their second game without leading scorer Laurence Bowers, who has a sprained right knee, was a major improvement for a team that’s 10-0 at home this season and 26-1 at the Mizzou Arena in two seasons under coach Frank Haith.

Vincent Williams had a career-best 23 points on 7-for-10 shooting for Georgia (6-10, 0-3), nine more than his previous best after entering with a 4.1-point average. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the Bulldogs’ lone player averaging in double figures, added 15 points.

Arkansas 88, Auburn 80: In Fayetteville, Ark., BJ Young’s late 3-pointer in double overtime and Marshawn Powell’s 28 points helped Arkansas hold on.

The win was the second straight for the Razorbacks, who survived the hot-shooting Tigers and guard Frankie Sullivan’s five second-half 3-pointers.

Young added 22 points and Mardracus Wade had 12 for Arkansas (11-5, 2-1),. Powell had 21 points in the second half and overtimes.

Sullivan led Auburn (8-8, 2-1) with 26 points, 23 of them after halftime. He was 5-of-11 on 3-pointers, and the Tigers were 11-of-25 from behind the arc.

Alabama 75, Mississippi State 43: In Starkville, Miss., Levi Randolph scored 18 points, and Rodney Cooper added 17 for Alabama.

Alabama (10-6, 2-1) opened the second half with five consecutive 3-pointers — including the first three from Trevor Lacey — to push a 30-22 halftime lead into an insurmountable 45-22 advantage. It was part of a 21-0 run that started in the first half.

Nick Jacobs added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Alabama.

Fred Thomas led the Bulldogs (7-8, 2-1) with 10 points while Craig Sword added nine. The Bulldogs committed 21 turnovers.