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NCAA top 25: Michigan State takes control of Big 10 race

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Draymond Green scored 14 points and Kalin Lucas added 13 to lead No. 11 Michigan State past Indiana 72-58 on Tuesday night.

It was the second straight win for the Spartans (21-6, 11-3), who took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. No. 9 Ohio State trails Michigan State by one-half game and hosts No. 4 Purdue on Wednesday.

Verdell Jones had 20 points and Christian Watford added 14 for the Hoosiers (9-16, 3-10), who lost their seventh straight. Indiana coach Tom Crean has lost all three head-to-head matchups with Tom Izzo, who had Crean on his Michigan State staff for four seasons.

The Spartans dominated inside, outscoring Indiana 40-18 in the paint. They converted 16 turnovers into 23 points and limited the Hoosiers to 34.9 percent shooting from the field.

NO. 2 KENTUCKY 81, MISSISSIPPI STATE 75: At Starkville, Miss. John Wall scored 18 points, including five in overtime, and came within two assists of a triple-double to lead No. 2 Kentucky to an 81-75 victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday night.

Wall's three-point play opened the scoring in overtime, then he added two free throws and blocked Dee Bost's layup attempt with 36 seconds left to push the Wildcats (25-1, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) to their sixth straight win and snap a three-game losing streak to the Bulldogs (18-8, 6-5).

DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson both scored 19 points. Wall had 10 rebounds and eight assists.

VIRGINIA TECH 87, NO. 23 WAKE FOREST 83: At Blacksburg, Va., Malcolm Delaney scored 10 of his 31 points in the decisive final seven minutes for Virginia Tech.

The Hokies (21-4, 8-3) remained unbeaten in 14 home games this season, moved into second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference and got the kind of victory they sorely need down the stretch to help offset one of the nation's weakest nonconference schedules.

Wake Forest (18-6, 8-4), which moved into the Top 25 for the first time this week, led most of the game until a 15-4 run by the Hokies pulled them even with 8:30 to play.

Al-Farouq Aminu led Wake Forest with 25 points, but scored only four on limited touches in the second half.

NO. 22 BAYLOR 88, TEXAS TECH 70: At Waco, Texas, LaceDarius Dunn scored 30 points and Ekpe Udoh had 13 points, 11 rebounds and nine blocks for No. 22 Baylor which beat Texas Tech for its third consecutive 20-win season.

Dunn scored 10 points in the final 50 1/3 minutes of the first half, after being held scoreless until then, to put the Bears (20-5, 7-4 Big 12) ahead to stay. His first points came on two free throws that made it 25-24, part of his eight consecutive points for Baylor. It is only the sixth 20-win season for Baylor, which has won five of its last six games.