East Lansing — Maryland coach Brenda Frese knew her team was fortunate to leave Michigan State with another victory.
Brionna Jones scored 17, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Laurin Mincy had 15 and the nation's No. 5 team escaped with a 75-69 win Monday night.
Lexie Brown had 14 points and Tierney Pfirman added 11 for the balanced Terrapins (23-2, 14-0 Big Ten).
"It wasn't one of our better performances," Frese said of Maryland's 17th win in a row, dating back to Dec. 3. "But I was pleased with the way we were able to hang in there and get a very difficult road win. All the credit goes to Michigan State. Aerial Powers is really a phenomenal player."
Powers scored 18 points for the Spartans (12-14, 4-11) but was 8-for-21 from the field and missed six of seven free throws. Tori Jankoska and Becca Mills each had 14 points and Cara Miller had 10.
Michigan State led by a point with less than 10 minutes left but couldn't make enough shots down the stretch to turn a scare into a shocker.
"I thought we had them on the run most of the game," Spartans coach Suzy Merchant said. "Even down seven at the half, I liked what we were doing. It's stating the obvious, but the free throw line killed us."
Maryland shot 46 percent from the field to Michigan State's 40 percent and had a 46-32 rebound advantage. But if the Spartans had converted more than seven free throws in 18 attempts or made a third of their open looks, the Terrapins might have had a loss instead of their second-closest win this season.
Lexi Gussert tied the game at 42 with a 3-pointer, and Mills put the Spartans up 44-42 with a layup a minute later. Maryland answered with a jumper by Walker-Kimbrough as the shot clock expired and a free throw by Jones. After Powers connected inside, Pfirman gave made it a three-point lead with two baskets.
Trailing 49-46, Michigan State answered with a corner 3 from Miller. And a flagrant elbow by Walker-Kimbrough allowed Jankoska to put the Spartans up 50-49 with a free throw. It was the last time they led.
Brown, Jones and Walker-Kimbrough took over from there with eight straight points. After a layup by Miller, Walker-Kimbrough's three-point play gave the Terrapins a 60-52 cushion. A basket by Pfirman and a free throw by Jones made it an 11-point game.
"I just wanted us to keep our poise and composure," Frese said. "We knew Michigan State would play extremely hard. And a win like that will help us in the post-season. And win in a tough environment only makes you better."
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(At) No. 2 Virginia 61, Pittsburgh 49: Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points and Virginia used a late 8-0 scoring run to beat Pittsburgh.
The Cavaliers (24-1, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) three times held Pittsburgh scoreless for more than 5 minutes, and they needed all three to overcome their own problems putting points on the board. The victory allowed Virginia to tie the best start to a season in program history, first accomplished in the 1981-82 season.
Jamel Artis scored 20 and Sheldon Jeter 10 for the Panthers (17-10, 6-7). Pittsburgh cut a 10-point deficit to three with just under 8 minutes to play, but the Cavaliers then reeled off eight straight.
Anthony Gill added 12 points and London Perrantes had 10 points and six assists for Virginia.
(At) No. 6 Villanova 80, Seton Hall 54: Darrun Hilliard scored 18, Daniel Ochefu had 11 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 6 Villanova cruised to a victory.
Dylan Ennis had 12 points and Ryan Arcidiacono and JayVaughn Pinkston each scored 10 to help Villanova (24-2, 11-2 Big East) win its seventh straight game.
Isaiah Whitehead scored led the way with 15 points for Seton Hall (15-11, 5-9). Sterling Gibbs had 12 before he was ejected for a flagrant foul in the second half. The Pirates have lost five in a row.
Coming off a comeback win at No. 19 Butler, the Wildcats led from the start and never let up in avenging a 66-61 overtime loss at Seton Hall on Jan. 3.
Hilliard shot 6 for 16 two days after scoring a career-high 31 points, including a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left Saturday to give Villanova a 68-65 victory over Butler.
(At) No. 23 West Virginia 61, No. 8 Kansas 61: Juwan Staten made a layup with 4 seconds left to lift West Virginia to a victory over Kansas.
Staten finished with 20 points to give the Mountaineers (20-6, 8-5 Big 12) their first 20-win season in four years.
It was Staten's first field goal over the final eight minutes after he had gone to the bench with leg cramps.
After Staten made a spin move around Frank Mason III and hit a left-handed layup, the Jayhawks' Perry Ellis caught a long pass but missed a layup between two defenders just before the final buzzer.
Ellis finished with 19 points, Mason had 18 and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 14 points for Kansas (21-5, 10-3).
Jevon Carter added 13 points for West Virginia.
No. 19 Butler 58, (at) Creighton 56: Roosevelt Jones made the winning layup with 1.9 seconds to lift Butler to a win over Creighton and avoid getting upset by the Big East's last-place team.
The Bulldogs (19-7, 9-4 Big East) wouldn't have been in position for Jones' game-winner if Alex Barlow hadn't scrambled to rebound Kellen Dunham's missed shot a few seconds earlier. Devin Brooks missed Creighton's last-second 3-pointer.
Dunham scored 19 points, Jones added 18 and Kameron Woods 10 for the Bulldogs, who were playing without the injured Andrew Chrabascz.
Austin Chatman and Brooks had 17 points apiece to lead Creighton (12-15, 3-11).