Michigan State holds off Iowa 62-59

IOWA CITY --Anthony Clemmons' last-second 3-point attempt sailed wide of the rim as Iowa dropped a 62-59 heartbreaker to Michigan State on Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Clemmons, a freshman point guard from Lansing, had two different chances to tie the game for Iowa late. With the Hawkeyes trailing 60-57, Clemmons was fouled by Michigan State's Travis Trice. Clemmons made the first shot, then missed the second. The ball was kept alive by Iowa's Aaron White, and Clemmons gained control of it.

Michigan State's Keith Appling then fouled Clemmons, who made the first free throw but missed the second to bring Iowa within one point. Appling was fouled and knocked down two free throws with 8.9 seconds left to put MSU up three points.

Iowa raced down the floor with one chance to tie. When Iowa's Josh Oglesby was covered up, Clemmons took the last shot and missed.

Iowa (11-5) falls to 0-3 in Big Ten play. Michigan State improves to 13-3 overall, 2-1 in league play.

Zach McCabe led Iowa with 15 points. Melsahn Basabe added 14.

First-half recap:

IOWA CITY -- Despite missing leading scorer Devyn Marble, Iowa's men's basketball team started strong and leads No. 22 Michigan State 28-24 tonight at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa hit 10 of its first 14 shots and led the Spartans 26-14 with 8:23 left in the first half. But Iowa then went cold from the field, failing to score in a drought lasting 6 minutes, 47 seconds. Michigan State chipped away, cutting Iowa's lead to two points with 2:28 left in the half. Aaron White ended Iowa's scoreless drought with a dunk to give the Hawkeyes the halftime advantage.

Marble is out after suffering an ankle injury earlier this week in practice. Eric May started in Marble's place.

Zach McCabe leads Iowa (11-3, 0-2 Big Ten) with seven points, while White and Melsahn Basabe each have six. Branden Dawson leads MSU (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten) with six.

Michigan State has missed 6-of-9 shots from the free-throw line and is shooting just 37 percent from the floor. Iowa has 10 turnovers.


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