Late surge vaults No. 21 Michigan State over No. 7 Kansas
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Keith Appling scored 16 of his game-high 19 points in the second half to lift 21st-ranked Michigan State to a narrow 67-64 victory over No. 7 Kansas in the Champions Classic from the Georgia Dome.
Freshman Gary Harris netted 18 points and Brandon Dawson had 12 on 5-of-6 shooting as the Spartans (1-1) put forth a strong late charge to bounce back from Friday's season-opening 66-62 loss to Connecticut in Germany.
Michigan State trailed 59-54 with five minutes left, but outscored the Jayhawks 13-5 down the stretch.
Elijah Johnson finished with 16 points and Ben McLemore tallied 14 for Kansas (1-1), which was dealt a defeat in this event for a second consecutive year. In what would be a preview of the eventual National Championship Game, the Jayhawks were handed a 75-65 loss by Kentucky in the inaugural Champions Classic held at New York's Madison Square Garden.
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