Maurice Ager and Paul Davis came up big in the second half, and No. 14 Michigan State had another great game at the free throw line, handing No. 6 Boston College its first loss, 77-70, last night in the Jimmy V Classic in New York.
Ager had 17 of his 22 points in the second half and Davis scored 14 of his 18 in the final 20 minutes as the Spartans (6-2) improved to 2-1 this season against teams ranked in the top 10.
Michigan State lost to then-No. 8 Gonzaga in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational and beat then-No. 9 Arizona a day later for third place in the eight-team tournament.
The Spartans were locked in a close one with the Eagles (6-1) until an 18-4 run gave Michigan State a 54-41 lead with 9 minutes 45 seconds to play.
"We played well in spurts and I thought we hurt them with our transition game," Michigan State Tom Izzo said.
* NORTHERN IOWA 67, IOWA 63: Erik Crawford scored seven of his nine points in overtime, and Eric Coleman finished with 19 points to lead the host Panthers to victory over the No. 12 Hawkeyes. Ben Jacobsen added 16 points for Northern Iowa (5-1). Iowa fell to 7-2.
* INDIANA STATE 72, INDIANA 67: David Moss and Tyson Schnitker combined for 28 of Indiana State's 42 second-half points and they led the Sycamores to a come-from-behind upset of the No. 18 Hoosiers in Terre Haute.
Moss finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Schnitker scored a career-high 19 points, including five three-pointers, to lead Indiana State (4-0) to its third victory in the last four meetings with Indiana (4-2).
* VILLANOVA 79, BUCKNELL 60: Allen Ray scored 20 points and Randy Foye had 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead the No. 4 Wildcats to victory in Lewisburg, Pa. Ray answered two second-half surges with some big shots, including two key three-pointers for Villanova (5-0).
* KENTUCKY 73, GEORGIA STATE 46: Backup center Shagari Alleyne scored a career-high 16 points and the No. 15 Wildcats won in Atlanta despite playing without leading scorer Rajon Rondo. The sophomore guard, the team leader in the major offensive categories, was held out with strep throat. Joe Crawford had 14 points and Ramel Bradley added 12 for Kentucky (6-2).
* FLORIDA 87, PROVIDENCE 77: Taurean Green scored 18 points and made four of Florida's nine three-pointers in the No. 10 Gators' victory in Providence, R.I.
Corey Brewer and Al Horford each added 14 points for Florida, which improved to 8-0.
The game marked a homecoming of sorts for Florida Coach Billy Donovan, who starred on Rick Pitino's Providence team that reached the Final Four in 1987. Donovan was honored in a pregame ceremony, and drew a standing ovation.