COL BKB: Michigan St. 84, Nicholls St. 39

Dec. 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM

EAST LANSING, Mich., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Keith Appling led the way with 13 points in 14th-ranked Michigan State's 84-39 rout of visiting Nicholls State Saturday.

Gary Harris and Denzel Valentine added 11 points apiece and Adreian Payne came off the bench to notch 10 points for the Spartans (6-2), who remained undefeated at home.

The Spartans were in control most of the way and took a 37-13 lead into the locker room at halftime. Michigan State shot 60 percent from the field compared to 29.4 percent for Nicholls State (1-3).

T.J. Carpenter led the Colonels with 11 points and six rebounds despite missing six of his seven shots from 3-point range. JaMarkus Horace chipped in with 10 points.

Nicholls State committed 18 turnovers to Michigan State's eight.

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