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story.lead_photo.caption The Associated Press PULLING ONE DOWN: Michigan State's Cassius Winston, right, grabs a rebound against Notre Dame's Bonzie Colson (35) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game Thursday in East Lansing, Mich.

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Joshua Langford scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half to help No. 3 Michigan State take a huge lead it was able to restore in the second half against No. 5 Notre Dame in an 81-63 victory Thursday night.

The Spartans (6-1) have won five straight, including a rout against then-No. 9 North Carolina, since losing to top-ranked Duke.

The Fighting Irish (6-1) trailed by 20 at halftime and cut their deficit to seven with 13:09 left, but couldn't get closer against a team with a lot of options on offense that is defending and rebounding as if it is in mid-season form under Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo.

In the marquee matchup of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the Spartans turned a highly anticipated game into a showcase of their talent and depth.

Michigan State's Cassius Winston had 17 points and seven assists, Miles Bridges scored 14 points and Nick Ward added 12.

Notre Dame's Bonzie Colson had 11 of his 17 points in the second half and Rex Pflueger scored 15. Matt Farrell was scoreless in the first half and finished with 10 points and T.J. Gibbs added 11 points for the Irish.

19-West Virginia 102

NJIT 69

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Jevon Carter scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds and No. 19 West Virginia used an early second-half run to beat NJIT on Thursday night.

Carter had his five steals that made him WVU's all-time leader with 255, passing Greg Jones' record set in 1983.

West Virginia (7-1) started the game sluggish, allowing NJIT to lead throughout the first 10 minutes of the game.

The Mountaineers then outscored NJIT (4-3) 31-14 to close out the first half and opened the second half with a 15-2 run to cruise to victory.

Teddy Allen added a career-high 16 points for the Mountaineers while Lamont West scored 13, James Bolden 12 and Wesley Harris 11.

Anthony Tarke led the Highlanders with 13 points and Diandre Wilson added 12.

Seton Hall 89

22-Texas Tech 79

NEW YORK -- Myles Powell scored seven of his 19 points in a span of 45 seconds to lift Seton Hall over No. 22 Texas Tech on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Powell was one of four Seton Hall (6-1) players to finish in double figures. Desi Rodriguez finished with 24 points while Khadeen Carrington had 16 and Angel Delgado 12.

Keenan Evans led the Red Raiders (6-1) with 21 points while Jarrett Culver added 17, Zach Smith 12, Zhaire Smith 11, and Niem Stevenson 10.

Texas Tech entered the game fourth in the nation allowing 55 points per game.

Trailing by three at halftime, Seton Hall outscored Texas Tech 31-22 in the first 12:42 of the second half to take a 70-64 lead.

Texas Tech twice cut the deficit to six, first on Evans' two free throws with 3:05 left, then on his layup 53 seconds later. That was as close as the Red Raiders would get, as Powell made a 3 and converted two layups in a 45-second span to put Seton Hall ahead 86-73.

The Pirates outrebounded Texas Tech 37-33. Seton Hall shot 50.8 percent from the field (30 for 59), including 55 percent from 3 (11 for 22).

Sports on 12/01/2017

Print Headline: No. 3 Michigan State beats No. 5 Notre Dame

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