BTN.com staff, March 6, 2014
There were two Big Ten men's basketball games on Thursday night, highlighted by Michigan State's impressive 86-76 victory over Iowa on Senior Night. Penn State cruised to a 59-32 win over Northwestern in the other conference matchup.
Catch up on all the scores, stats and video highlights in this post.
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MICHIGAN STATE 86, IOWA 76 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Keith Appling scored in double figures for the first time in more than five weeks and No. 22 Michigan State looked healthier than it had in months in an 86-76 victory over No. 24 Iowa on Thursday night. Appling showed his old aggressiveness before hip and wrist injuries and scored 12 points for the Spartans (23-7, 12-5 Big Ten). Travis Trice, Appling's backup, was 3 for 4 from 3-point range and had 16 points, while Adreian Payne added 14 points in his final home game.
PENN STATE 59, NORTHWESTERN 32 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) D.J. Newbill scored 12 points and Penn State's zone defense stifled Northwestern in the Nittany Lions' 59-32 rout Thursday. Penn State's 2-3 zone defense frustrated Northwestern the entire game. Northwestern shot 23.3 percent from the field and went 3 of 22 behind the arc, finishing with their lowest point total and 3-point percentage of the season.
IOWA VS. MICHIGAN STATE | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY