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Recap - Michigan State Defeats Northwestern 71-61

Michigan State earned a 71-61 victory over Northwestern on Sunday, getting 16 points from Keith Appling at Breslin Center.

Michigan State did not, however, defeat Northwestern against the spread, which closed at 18 at most sportsbooks.

Michigan State got 12 points from Gary Harris and another 11 points from Adreian Payne. Derrick Nix contributed 6 assists, while Branden Dawson cleaned the glass with 6 rebounds.

Northwestern got a 16-point performance from Kale Abrahamson, who was supported by 11 points from Alex Marcotullio. Dave Sobolewski had 6 assists in a losing cause for Northwestern, while Reggie Hearn grabbed 8 rebounds.

Michigan State led at halftime, 33-26.

The rebound battle favored Northwestern as they grabbed 25 boards, while Michigan State only had 24.