No. 14 Michigan St. 69, No. 22 Iowa 68
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Eric Snow’s jumper from the free-throw line as time expired gave 14th-ranked Michigan State a 69-68 victory over 22nd-ranked Iowa Saturday.
Michigan State (9-1, 2-0 Big Ten) was helped when Iowa (11-3, 1-1) missed all four of its free throws in the final two minutes, including the front end of two one-and-ones.
Iowa led 36-35 at the half, and with 10:40 to play, still led 55-53.
In the next 1:39, Chris Kingsbury hit two 3-pointers and a turnaround jumper, putting the Hawkeyes ahead 63-57 with nine minutes left.
Meanwhile, Iowa held Michigan State star Shawn Respert scoreless for the first 15:46 of the second half.
Respert’s two free throws pulled Michigan State within 65-59 with 4:14 remaining, the Spartans’ first points in more than six minutes.
Respert followed with a 3-pointer, but the Spartans couldn’t get any closer until Jon Garavaglia’s three-point play made it 68-67 with 1:26 to go.
Kenyon Murray missed the front end of a one-and-one seconds later, but Daimon Beathea couldn’t hit a go-ahead jumper with 30 seconds left.
Snow knocked the ball loose in the Iowa end, but Ray Weathers was called for traveling while trying to scoop it up.
The Hawkeyes, though, wasted another opportunity when Andre Woolridge missed two free throws. On the ensuing possession, Respert was double-teamed but got the ball to Snow for the game-winning shot.
Respert led the Spartans with 18 points, and Jamie Feick had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Kingsbury led all scorers with 29 points, but scored only one point in the final nine minutes.
Iowa’s pressure defense dominated early, and seven points by Jess Settles gave the Hawkeyes a 26-16 lead midway through the first half.
At that point Respert had taken only two shots, but he scored nine points in a 14-2 Spartans run that gave them a 30-28 lead.
Kingsbury, though, countered with consecutive 3-pointers, and Iowa held on for the one-point lead at halftime.