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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Star guard Ayo Dosunmu crumbled to the floor clutching his left knee after Michigan State's Xavier Tillman threw down a huge dunk late that lifted the Spartans over No. 22 Illinois 70-69. The severity of Dosunmu's injury wasn't immediately made available. The Illini's leading scorer had 17 points Tuesday and is averaging 15.8 per game. Rocket Watts led the Spartans with 21 points, and Tillman had 17. Aaron Henry and Cassius Winston added 13 and 12, respectively. Andres Feliz scored 15 points and Kofi Cockburn added 11 for Illinois (16-8, 8-5).

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Jalen Smith had 16 points and 13 rebounds, Eric Ayala scored 16 and No. 9 Maryland edged Nebraska 72-70 to extend its winning streak to seven games and remain alone atop the Big Ten. Maryland let a 14-point lead dwindle to 71-70 before Smith swatted away a shot in the final seconds to preserve the victory. Haanif Cheatham scored 20 and Thorir Thorbjarnarson added 15 for Nebraska, which has lost nine straight and is 0-9 on the road.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — No. 13 Penn State rolled past Purdue 88-76 behind 19 points from Mike Watkins and a career-high 18 points from Seth Lundy. The Nittany Lions made a season-high 14 3-pointers in their seventh straight victory. They also ended a 12-game losing streak at Mackey Arena. Trevion Williams had 17 points to lead Purdue. The Boilermakers lost for the first time in four games and fought back late but never really had a chance after falling behind 27-16 midway through the first half.

WASHINGTON (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert is urging Congress to step in and put restrictions on college athletes' ability to earn money from endorsements. He told a Senate committee federal action is needed to “maintain uniform standards in college sports” amid player-friendly laws approved in California and under consideration in other states. The NCAA has said it will allow players to “benefit” from the use of their name, image and likeness and is working on guidelines. More than 25 states are considering legislation to guarantee those rights to players. Emmert says those laws could have a corrupting influence on recruiting.

UNDATED (AP) — Louisville and defending national champion Vanderbilt bring No. 1 rankings into the college baseball season. Each is listed atop three of the six major polls. Louisville made its deepest postseason run in 2019 and returns three top starting pitchers and most of its bullpen. Vanderbilt features two of the biggest names in the college game in Austin Martin and Kumar Rocker. Martin is poised to be the No. 1 overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft. Rocker threw a no-hitter in super regionals and was Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series. The season opens Friday.

UNDATED (AP) — The college baseball season begins in earnest this week. AP’s Eric Olson has come up with 10 players to watch. He says Alec Burleson of East Carolina could be the best two-way player in the country as the Pirates' starting right fielder and closer. He can also play first base. Other top players to keep an eye include: Pitcher Reid Detmers of Louisville, second baseman Nick Gonzales of New Mexico State, third baseman Austin Martin at Vanderbilt and outfielder Garrett Mitchell at UCLA

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Greg Schiano has added another former Rutgers assistant coach to his Scarlet Knights' staff. Schiano said that Joe Susan will serve as special assistant to the head coach. The veteran mentor has more than 40 years of collegiate experience, including nine recently as head coach at Bucknell and nine on Schiano’s previous staff. Susan most recently served as special assistant to the director of athletics and recreation at Bucknell. He had resigned as head football coach following the 2018 season. During his first stint at Rutgers he coached the offensive line and tight ends for Schiano.

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