COL BKB: Michigan St. 71, Northwestern 61

March 10, 2013 at 8:28 PM

EAST LANSING, Mich., March 10 (UPI) -- Keith Appling led four Spartans in double figures Sunday and 12th-ranked Michigan State wrapped up the regular season with a 71-61 win over Northwestern.

Appling scored 16 points, followed by Gary Harris with 12, Adreian Payne 11 and Derrick Nix 10. Nix also had six assists for Michigan State (24-7, 13-5 Big Ten).

The third-seeded Spartans will enjoy a first-round bye at the upcoming Big Ten Conference tournament.

The Wildcats (13-18, 4-14 Big Ten) were paced by Kale Abrahamson with 16 points.

Alex Marcotullio also reached double figures with 11 for 11th-seeded Northwestern.

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