COL BKB: Michigan State 61, Minnesota 50

Feb. 6, 2013 at 9:07 PM

EAST LANSING, Mich., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Gary Harris and Keith Appling led a second half charge Wednesday that lifted No. 8 Michigan State to a 61-50 victory over 18th-ranked Minnesota.

The Spartans produced just 18 points in the first half, shot 28 percent and trailed by two at the break before storming back to move within a half game of Big Ten Conference leader Indiana.

Michigan State held the Golden Gophers scoreless for 5:30 early in the second period while building a 12-point advantage and then held off a Minnesota comeback bid.

Harris scored 18 points and Appling had 14 while the Spartans warmed up to hit 44 percent of their field goal attempts for the game and make 9-of-17 from 3-point range.

Michigan State improved to 19-4 and is 8-2 in league play.

Andre Hollins, with 11 points, was the only player in double figures for Minnesota (17-6, 5-5).

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