- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Gary Harris scored 14 points and No. 4 Michigan State beat Northwestern 54-40 on Wednesday night for its ninth straight win.

The preseason favorite to win the Big Ten, the Spartans (16-1, 5-0) continue to roll along, although it was hardly an easy night for them. They overcame a sluggish start and pulled away down the stretch even though they shot 2 of 16 on 3-pointers.

Keith Appling scored 11 points and Branden Dawson, fighting an illness, had 11 rebounds and three blocks for MSU, which was missing one of its top players in Adreian Payne. The 6-foot-10 forward sat out his second straight game because of a sprained right foot.

Tre Demps did his best to keep Northwestern (8-10, 1-4) in the game, scoring 10 of his 12 points in the second half, but leading scorer Drew Crawford managed just six.

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No. 9 OKLAHOMA STATE 82, TCU 50

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Marcus Smart scored 20 points to help Oklahoma State defeat TCU.

Smart, the reigning Big 12 player of the week, also had eight rebounds and five assists for the Cowboys (15-2, 3-1).

Markel Brown scored 14 points and Le’Bryan Nash added 13 points and eight rebounds for Oklahoma State, which needed to win to stay within range of Big 12 leader Kansas. The 15th-ranked Jayhawks (4-0 Big 12) host the Cowboys on Saturday.

Oklahoma State won for the eighth time in nine games and improved to 9-0 at home.

Karviar Shepherd scored 13 for the Horned Frogs (9-7, 0-4) in their most lopsided loss of the season.

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TEXAS TECH 82, No. 12 BAYLOR 72

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Jaye Crockett had 19 points, Toddrick Gotcher added 17 and Texas Tech beat Baylor for its first Big 12 win of the season.

Dejan Kravic and Robert Turner scored 14 apiece for the Red Raiders (9-8, 1-3), who led all the way and ended a four-game slide against Baylor in Lubbock.

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