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Men's basketball: Spartans bury Badgers

Appling leads way for Spartans

Michigan State's Keith Appling (center) loses the ball as he is fouled by Wisconsin's Ben Brust during the second half  Thursday in East Lansing, Mich.
Michigan State's Keith Appling (center) loses the ball as he is fouled by Wisconsin's Ben Brust during the second half Thursday in East Lansing, Mich.

By The Associated Press

Keith Appling scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half to help No. 10 Michigan State pull away to beat No. 22 Wisconsin 58-43 on Thursday night in East Lansing, Mich., and stay in the Big Ten race.

The Spartans (23-7, 12-5) moved into a three-way tie for second with Michigan and Ohio State. The trio trails conference-leading Indiana by one game with one game left in the
regular season.

The Hoosiers can claim the Big Ten title outright with a win Sunday in Ann Arbor against the Wolverines. If they lose, Michigan would earn a piece of the title and give Michigan State and the Buckeyes a shot to pull into a four-way tie. The Spartans close the regular season Sunday at home against Northwestern after Ohio State hosts Illinois.

The Badgers (20-10, 11-6) fell to fifth place with the decisive road loss after Purdue handed them their most lopsided setback at home in more than 7 years on Sunday.

Penn St. 66, Northwestern 59: Jermaine Marshall and D.J. Newbill each scored 18 points to lead Penn State to a victory over Northwestern in Evanston.

Penn State (10-19, 2-15 Big Ten), last in the 12-team conference, scored the game’s first 12 points, withstood a Northwestern surge, then pulled away in the second half.

Northwestern (13-17, 4-13) has lost seven in a row.

Missouri Valley

Drake 81, Bradley 66: Chris Hines scored 16 points and Drake (15-16) defeated Bradley (16-16) in the opener of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis.

Joey King scored 15 and Gary Ricks added 14 points for Drake.

Missouri State 61, Southern Illinois 53: Marcus Marshall scored 18 points and Anthony Downing had 16 as Missouri State (11-21) defeated Southern Illinois (14-17) in the opening round of the MVC Tournament.

The Salukis had won six of their last eight games after starting the conference season 1-10.

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