STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Andrew Jones had 16 points and Talor Battle hit an off-balance jumper with 18 seconds left to lift Penn State past No. 18 Michigan State, 66-62 on Saturday.
The Spartans (10-5, 2-1 Big Ten) had one last shot to tie, but Durrell Summers' 3 from the corner with 10 seconds left sailed wide, and Tim Frazier hit 1 of 2 from the foul line to seal the win in an entertaining game.
The teams traded buckets down the stretch, none bigger than Jones' tip-in with two minutes left. Jones hit a foul shot a minute later for a 63-61 lead.
After Summers hit a foul shot, Penn State (9-6, 2-2) put the ball in the hands of its star guard. Battle shook off Korie Lucious, then hit his 12-footer near the baseline for a 65-62 lead as fans in the Jordan Center erupted in delight.
Summers finished with 21 and Kalin Lucas added 14 for the Spartans.
Battle had 13 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Jeff Brooks had his second straight double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Brooks and Jones were active under the boards, helping to limit Spartans forward Draymond Green to 2 of 10 shooting for five points.
It was a huge win for the Nittany Lions, playing the second of five straight games against Top 25 teams. They committed just six turnovers and had the rebounding edge, 40-36 after getting outrebounded by Purdue on Wednesday by 15.
After taking a 40-34 lead early in the second half, an early season problem re-emerged for Michigan State, with three turnovers in the first four-plus minutes of the second half. David Jackson hit two 3s in a 12-2 run to give Penn State a 46-42 lead.
A 3 from Lucas helped end the run, and it was back-and-forth through the tense finals seconds.
Jackson finished with 11 points and seven boards. Penn State's four seniors - Jackson, Battle, Jones and Brooks finished with double-digit points for the only the second time in their careers.
The Nittany Lions hung close all afternoon, starting out 5 of 8 from the field before going 5 of 21 from the field the final 15-plus minutes of the first half.
Advantage Michigan State. So long as they kept Penn State off the offensive glass, the quick guard tandem of Lucas and Summers streaked downcourt for long-range buckets or to find trailing players in the lane.
Summers ended the first half with a flurry, hitting a 3 and two foul shots for a 36-31 at the break before converting an alley-oop pass from Green into a layup and another bucket to open the second-half scoring for the Spartans.
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