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NCAA Game Summary - Michigan State at Northwestern



(Wednesday, January 15th)

Final Score: (4) Michigan State 54, Northwestern 40

Evanston, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Gary Harris scored 14 points and Keith Appling had 11 as the No. 4 Michigan State Spartans got by the Northwestern Wildcats, 54-40, at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

A Big Ten mismatch on paper turned out to be a close contest for the first 30 minutes until the Spartans (16-1, 5-0 Big Ten) pulled away for their ninth straight win.

Michigan State made up for a horrid 2-for-16 showing from 3-point range by holding the Wildcats to 28.3 percent shooting and forcing 12 turnovers.

Tre Demps led Northwestern (8-10, 1-3) with 12 points, but the Wildcats made just two field goals over the final 14-plus minutes in losing for the fifth time in six games.

Playing without Adreian Payne for the second straight game with a right foot sprain, the Spartans again struggled to put away a weaker opponent.

They narrowly escaped Minnesota in overtime last Saturday and needed a late 10-2 run to thwart Northwestern's upset bid on Wednesday.

Northwestern was within 40-35 before the spurt began with a Harris layup near the midway point, and Appling's two free throws gave the Spartans a healthy 50-37 lead with 4:59 remaining.

Three straight free throws had the Wildcats within 10, but they went scoreless over the final four minutes to come up short.

"I couldn't be prouder of how our guys played tonight," Northwestern head coach Chris Collins said. "Sometimes you play really well, and the other team just plays better."

It was no more than a four-point game the entire first half, which ended with Harris getting a runner to fall in the final minute to give the Spartans a 26-22 lead at the break.

Michigan State never trailed in the second half.

Game Notes

Michigan State came in shooting 40 percent from behind the arc while averaging 81.9 points per game ... This marks the first time in school history the Spartans have won their first eight games away from East Lansing ... Northwestern guard JerShon Cobb scored all eight of his points in the first half ... Michigan State's Branden Dawson grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

01/15 23:14:32 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
18th
DUR 8
GWI 6
 
Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
 
8th
BAL 4
BOS 4
 
Final
NYY 6
NYM 1
 
9th
DET 1
CLE 13
 
9th
CIN 3
CHC 3
 
Final
TAM 12
TOR 3
 
Final
MIA 3
WAS 2
 
6th
CWS 1
KAN 2
 
6th
MIL 0
STL 3
 
5th
COL 3
SFG 3
 
1st
ARI 0
PIT 1
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
HOU
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
TEX
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
LOS
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
MIN
Final
DAL 128
HOU 130
 
3rd
WAS 67
TOR 68
 
1st
SAN 13
LAC 8
 
Final
MON 1
OTT 5
 
2nd Intermission
NYR 1
PIT 1
 
1st
STL 0
MIN 0
 
18th
DUR 8
GWI 6