Penn State fritters away big lead, falls at No. 5 Michigan State

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Michigan freshman forward Josh Norris has 16 points this season. Lon Horwedel

After Michigan State had come back from 13 points down to beat Maryland on the road on Sunday, Cassius Winston sat in a victorious locker room and revealed his team's mindset toward that deficit. He had a career-high 30 points with five rebounds and five assists against MI, going 9 of 11 from the field, 3 of 3 on 3-pointers and 9 of 10 from the line.

The victory gave Virginia a three-game lead in the conference.

After Penn State took a 41-29 lead with 15:23 to play, Michigan State (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) went on a 25-8 run over the next seven minutes to wrestle control of the game away from the Nittany Lions, eventually extending that run to 41-14 after a triple from Langford gave Michigan State a 70-55 lead.

Joshua Langford made two free throws to seal the victory and finished with 14 points. The Nittany Lions forced nine turnovers and blocked three shots, holding Michigan State to only 39% from the field. Lamar Stevens scored 18 and was Penn State's only other player to finish with double figures.

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After a flurry of fouls called both ways to begin the second half, Penn State regained a double digit lead.

The Cougars stunned the Bearcats by getting eight steals and rolling out to the big early lead.

It was the fifth straight win for Michigan State (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten), which hits the road for two straight against IN on Saturday and Iowa on Tuesday. He finished the first half with 14 points.

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Houston's Rob Gray came in leading the AAC at 18.7 points per game but managed only nine on 4-of-15 shooting. Carr led all scorers with 28 points.

AMES, Iowa - Donovan Jackson scored 25 points, Lindell Wigginton added 22 and Iowa State upset West Virginia, sending the short-handed Mountaineers to their fifth loss in six games. (11.8). Ward leads in rebounds with 7.9 while Winston tops in assists with 6.9 per game. They took advantage of the absence of West Virginia's Daxter Miles Jr.

Redshirt-sophomore Amari Carter moved up the career assist list and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds to go along with 12 points. Tony Carr would end the game with 24 attempted shots, the ninth time this season he has taken 20 or more, the Nittany Lions winning just twice when that occurs.

Penn State will return home to face Iowa this weekend and a Hawkeyes team the Nittany Lions have already beaten once this year.

The third-place Spartans (21-3, 9-2) have won five straight and six of seven after their 76-68 victory over Penn State on Wednesday night.

Cornelius Johnson scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds for Greensboro (7-11, 3-7 USA South). Going on the road in a hostile environment, teams need their senior leaders to step up and make big shots.

Jordan Bohannon had 20 points and 10 assists and Tyler Cook had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

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