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Spartans pull away from Minnesota in second half

East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) - Garry Harris played with a bad back. Keith Appling hurt his shoulder. Despite all of the ailments, Michigan State looked plenty healthy in the second half.

Harris scored 15 points, Appling added 14 and the 12th-ranked Spartans downed No. 18 Minnesota, 61-50, behind a big 43-point second half.

Adreian Payne chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds for the Spartans (19-4, 8-2 Big Ten), who have won eight of nine since a New Year's Eve loss to these Golden Gophers in Minneapolis.

Andre Hollins led Minnesota (17-6, 5-5) with 11 points and Trevor Mbakwe added nine points and 14 points in the loss. The Golden Gophers saw a two-game winning streak fall by the wayside.

02/06 21:08:51 ET