Appling finished with 19 points overall and Gary Harris added 18 for the Spartans (1-1), who erased a five-point deficit with 5 minutes remaining and outscored the Jayhawks 13-5 in the closing minutes.
Brandon Dawson contributed 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting for Michigan State in the Champions Classic game at the Georgia Dome.
Kansas (1-1) fell despite 16 points from Elijah Johnson and 14 from Ben McLemore.
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