COL BKB: Michigan State 73, Loyola-Ill. 61

Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:06 AM

EAST LANSING, Mich., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Gary Harris scored 20 points for No. 17 Michigan State Saturday and the Spartans turned in a torrid second half to speed past Loyola-Illinois 73-61.

The Spartans (8-3) used a 15-5 run early in the second frame to grab the lead for good, though they had to turn back a late Ramblers rally.

Adreian Payne contributed a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Keith Appling helped out with eight points and seven assists as MSU posted its third straight win.

Loyola (6-3) got 25 points and eight rebounds from Ben Averkamp.

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