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COL BKB: Michigan State 87, Oklahoma 76

Nov. 24, 2013 at 12:55 AM

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Keith Appling struck for 27 points Saturday but No. 1 Michigan State had to work to hold off Oklahoma 87-76 and claim the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic title.

Gary Harris added 21 points for the Spartans (6-0), who led by only four points early in the second half before finally pulling away down the stretch.

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Branden Dawson provided some key offensive punch with 18 points.

The Sooners (4-1) came close but fell at the end despite 32 points from Cameron Clark.

Isaiah Cousins had 15 points for OSU.

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