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Spartans pull away late for win

December 9, 2012
The Mining Journal

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gary Harris scored 20 points and No. 19 Michigan State broke away in the second half to beat Loyola of Chicago 73-61 Saturday.

Adreian Payne added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan State (8-2). Down 32-30 at the break, the Spartans went on a 22-9 run to take control. Harris hit three 3-pointers during the burst.

But the Ramblers pulled within three later before Keith Appling made a jumper and Payne dunked.

Ben Averkamp had 25 points, including four 3s, and eight rebounds for the Ramblers (6-3).

Harris shot 7 for 11 overall, including a 5-for-7 showing on 3s.

Loyola held its own on the boards against one of the nation's top rebounding programs, getting outrebounded by only 33-31.

Appling and Denzel Valentine, the starting guards for the Spartans, were held scoreless in the first half.

Michigan State had allowed just 39 and 44 points in its previous two games. It was a different story against an improved opponent that didn't win its sixth game last season until Feb. 11.



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