No. 12 Michigan State beats No. 18 Minnesota 61-50

No. 12 Michigan State beats No. 18 Minnesota 61-50
February 6, 2013, 9:16 pm
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Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe, top, and Michigan State's Derrick Nix vie for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Gary Harris scored 15 points and Keith Appling added 14 points before leaving the game with an injury to help No. 12 Michigan State bounce back from a poor first half to beat No. 18 Minnesota 61-50 Wednesday night.

Appling left the court with 1:17 left, holding his right shoulder after getting tied up with Joe Coleman. He returned to the bench in the final minute.

The Spartans (19-4 8-2 Big Ten) moved into a second-place tie with No. 3 Michigan, whom they host Tuesday night. They picked up their eighth win in nine games since losing the conference opener against the Golden Gophers (17-6, 5-5) on the road.