Spartans escape Gophers in overtime
Tom Izzo
SpartanDigest.com
Posted Jan 11, 2014
Mike Wilson Spartan Digest


Michigan State outscores Minnesota 16-4 in extra frame to eek out Big Ten win.

For the second time in a week, Michigan State was taken to overtime by a Big Ten opponent.

And for the second time, the Spartans were victorious in the extra frame.

After handling Ohio State in the extra frame Tuesday, the Spartans did it again against Minnesota, scoring the first nine points on their way to a 87-75 win.

Minnesota point guard Deandre Mathieu hit a slicing layup with 1.7 seconds left to force overtime after MSU’s Gary Harris missed a pair of free throws with less than 10 seconds let.

Trailing 53-43, the Spartans went on a 15-0 run in 7:51– keyed by the energy of Branden Dawson – to take a 58-53 lead.

Minnesota went more than 13 minutes without a field goal in the second half.

Kenny Kaminski was 5 of 7 from 3-point range for a career-high 15 points.

Keith Appling had a game-high 24 points, hitting 15 of 16 free throws, and Harris chipped in 19.

The Spartans were without Adreian Payne, who did not dress for the game, with a foot injury. Guard Travis Trice returned to action after missing Tuesday’s game against the Buckeyes.


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