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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Keith Appling scored 16 points and No. 7 Michigan State outlasted No. 15 Iowa 71-69 in overtime Tuesday night, handing the Hawkeyes their first home loss of the season.
Matt Costello had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Spartans (19-2, 8-1 Big Ten), who avoided consecutive defeats despite missing injured starters Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson.
Costello's tip-in with 1:14 left gave Michigan State a 67-64 lead, and Russell Byrd's 3 with 34 seconds put Michigan State up by six.
Iowa still had a chance to force a second overtime, but Mike Gesell missed a driving layup at the buzzer.
Devyn Marble had 21 points for Iowa (16-5, 5-3), which went without a field goal for the final 10 minutes of regulation and until the final seconds of the 5-minute overtime.
The Hawkeyes boast one of the nation's deepest benches, and they kept threatening to run away from the undermanned Spartans early in the second half.
Michigan State wouldn't let it happen.
The tough-minded Spartans had an answer for nearly every basket that could have swung the momentum back in Iowa's favor.
Denzel Valentine finished with 12 points, including a crucial quick layup when the Hawkeyes seemed set for a transition basket. Travis Trice then followed with 3 to give Michigan State a 51-50 lead.
Iowa later went ahead by six points, but Appling - with his right shooting wrist heavily taped - hit a 3, and a layup and dunk by Costello made it 58-57 Spartans with 4:06 left.
The Hawkeyes had a chance to win in regulation, but Marble missed a runner just before the buzzer.
That was a theme that doomed the Hawkeyes, who didn't hit a field goal from the 9:56 mark of the second half until Marble's layup with 6 seconds left in OT.
Aaron White had 10 points for the Hawkeyes, who lost despite hitting 19 more free throws than Michigan State.
It was a tough loss for Iowa considering that it had been nearly a decade since Iowa City had seen a game this big.
Iowa hadn't hosted a Top 25 opponent as a ranked team since 2006, when it last went to the NCAA tournament. Even Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad made the 2-hour drive from Des Moines to see the program's biggest home game in years.
The Hawkeyes looked like the tighter team early.
Iowa hit just three shots in nearly 16 minutes, and yet hung within 19-18 thanks to a 12-1 disparity in field goals. The Hawkeyes eventually started hitting some baskets though, including a runner by Marble to go up 30-26.
The second half and overtime proved to be a physical, back-and-forth affair between two teams with serious aspirations of a Big Ten title.
In the end, it was the Spartans who pulled out a game featuring 16 lead changes and 11 ties and stayed within shouting distance of league-leading Michigan.