Nwestern 26 35 61
Michiganst 33 38 71
Date of game: 3/10/2013

Recap: Michigan State vs. Northwestern

East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) - Keith Appling scored 16 points and Gary Harris added 12 to lead No. 10 Michigan State past Northwestern, 71-61, on Sunday.

Adreian Payne added 11 points and Derrick Nix finished with 10 points and six assists for the Spartans (24-7, 13-5 Big Ten), who will have the third seed and a first-round bye in the upcoming Big Ten tournament. Michigan State will face the winner of Iowa and Northwestern on Friday.

Kale Abrahamson scored 16 points and Alex Marcotullio had 11 for the Wildcats (13-18, 4-14 Big Ten).

"I thought we played how we wanted to play, but you have to knock down some shots," Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said.

Northwestern, which will have the 11th seed in the conference tournament, will face sixth-seeded Iowa on Thursday. The Wildcats dropped both meetings with the Hawkeyes this season.

Alex Olah's dunk tied the game at 53-53 with 5:43 left, but the Spartans took over from there, outscoring Northwestern 18-8 the rest of the way.

Nix got things started with a layup nearly 30 seconds later and Branden Dawson sunk a pair of free throws to give MSU a four-point edge.

Appling scored the next four points, including a highlight reel slam with 1:40 left. Appling shook a defender at the top of the key and skyed to the rim before ferociously slamming it through the hoop.

Payne's free throws made it a 10-point game, 63-53, but the Wildcats wouldn't go away.

Marcotullio added a quick layup and, following a pair of Appling free throws, Abrahamson buried a trey with 41 seconds left to make it 65-58. Northwestern couldn't get closer than eight the rest of the way, though, as Spartans won their second straight game.

"You have to win tight games too," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "When it came down to it, we started getting the ball back inside and we did the things that we had to do. That's going to do well for us in the tournament."

MSU held a 19-7 lead near the midway point of the first half and led 33-26 at the break.

Game Notes

Michigan State shot 65.8 percent (25-for-38) from the field ... Travis Trice had eight points off the bench for the Spartans ... MSU beat Iowa 62-59 on Jan 10 ... Marcotullio finished with 10 points for Northwestern.

Florida State stays No. 1; Miss State vaults in at No. 14

Florida State remained the top-ranked team in college football after surviving in overtime against Clemson on Saturday, while Mississippi State's surprising win at LSU vaulted the Bulldogs into the new Associated Press poll at No. 14.

NASCAR News
Keselowski on pole with track record at New Hampshire

Brad Keselowski's winning momentum in the Sprint Cup Series continued on Friday, as he claimed the pole for the Sylvania 300 with a new track qualifying record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.