EAST LANSING, Michigan (Ticker) -- Carmelo Anthony may have been bruised, but he was far from beaten.
Anthony scored 25 points, including a pivotal three-point play on which he landed hard on the floor, and 17th-ranked Syracuse withstood a series of shots in the final seconds to emerge with a 76-75 win over Michigan State.
Syracuse (19-4) recorded its most impressive road win of the season, handing Michigan State (14-11) just its second defeat at the Breslin Center this season.
"This was a big win," said Syracuse forward Hakim Warrick, who finished with 17 points. "We needed something like this to help our confidence."
Michigan State wasted a huge effort by Chris Hill, who scored 34 points, including a Big Ten Conference record 10 3-pointers. Six other players had nine from beyond the arc.
The Spartans cut the deficit to 73-70 on a basket by Aloysius Anagonye before Anthony scored on a driving layup with 2:29 left.
Anthony was undercut by Kelvin Torbert as he made the acrobatic basket and landed hard and awkwardly on his back. The freshman sensation lay on the ground writhing in pain for a few moments before rising to the floor and eventually converting the foul shot.
"I was backing Tolbert down," Anthony said. "I don't think he thought I was going to shoot that quick. He kind of took my legs out, but I don't think he did it on purpose. He helped me up."
Hill sank his final 3-pointer of the game with 70 seconds left to cut the lead in half and Alan Anderson made two free throws to make it a one-point game.
The Spartans got another chance after Orangemen freshman Billy Edelin missed a 1-and-1 opportunity with 35 seconds left. Torbert missed a shot along the baseline and Adam Ballinger failed on a tip attempt before the ball landed in the hands of Anderson, who missed a shot in the lane that bounced away as time expired.
"I had some shots in a big-time situation," Torbert said. "I have to make those shots in those types of situations."
While Hill was dominant, the rest of the Spartans were not a major factor.
"I think it got to where they were just looking for him," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "If we would have just found him a little bit more, I think we could have had some success (stopping him)."
Kueth Duany and Edelin each had 10 points for Syracuse, which played just its seventh road game of the season after splitting its first six.
Anagonye had 13 points and freshman Paul Davis 10 for the Spartans, who missed a chance to post a big non-conference win that could have increased their hopes for an NCAA Tournament at-large berth.
"I think that is kind of the way the year has gone for us, except I thought we played about as hard as we could have played and as well as we could have played," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.
Syracuse used a 14-5 spurt in the first half to take a 44-35 lead with 2:41 remaining. Warrick had nine points in the spurt, beginning with a three-point play. He added a jumper and a dunk and capped the run with a tip-in.
But the Orangemen did not score for the remainder of the half, and the Spartans cut the deficit to 44-39 on two free throws by freshman Erazem Lorbek and a dunk by Anagonye.
Michigan State kept the momentum at the start of the second half, using a dunk by Anagonye and a 3-pointer by Hill to draw even at 44-44.