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Roundup: Battered Spartans knock off Gophers

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State is banged up, and it keeps getting worse for the 12th-ranked Spartans. At least they’re winning while they pile up the injuries.

Gary Harris scored 15 points while playing through a back ailment, and Keith Appling added 14 points before leaving with a shoulder injury, leading Michigan State to a 61-50 victory over No. 18 Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Harris played after being knocked out of the previous game with back spasms.

The Spartans lack depth in the backcourt because Travis Trice, Appling’s backup, hasn’t been cleared after a head injury last week, and Brandan Kearney transferred to Arizona State. Their frontcourt took a hit when Adreian Payne got elbowed in the face, and left the court with a bloody nose for part of the second half, while Branden Dawson was slowed by a sprained right ankle.

The Spartans (19-4 overall, 8-2 Big Ten) moved into a second-place tie with No. 3 Michigan, which visits East Lansing on Tuesday night.

Minnesota (17-6, 5-5) has lost five of its past seven games.

Wisconsin 74, Iowa 70 (2OT): At Madison, Wis.,Ben Brust scored 18 points, including three key free throws in double overtime, as Wisconsin (16-7, 7-3 Big Ten) beat Iowa (14-9, 3-7).

Bowling Green 57, N. Illinois 41: At DeKalb, A’uston Calhoun had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Bowling Green (9-13, 4-5 Mid-American) got its first road win of the season, defeating Northern Illinois (5-16, 3-6). Abdel Nader had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Huskies.

Illinois St. 94, Drake 86: At Des Moines, Iowa, Tyler Brown had 25 points, nine assists and four steals as Illinois State (14-10, 5-7 Missouri Valley) rallied late to defeat Drake (11-12, 5-7).

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