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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Keith Appling and Brandon Wood both scored 13 points to key No. 6 Michigan State’s 66-61 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night, helping the Spartans keep their hold on first place in the Big Ten.

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Draymond Green had 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Spartans (23-5, 12-3), who won their sixth straight game in February. Green’s only basket of the second half was a big one, a pump-fake layup that rolled on the rim and in to tie it at 58 with 1:40 left. He was 4 for 6 from 3-point range before halftime and 1 for 8 from the field in the second half.

Austin Hollins scored 17 points on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range for the Gophers (17-11, 5-10), who led for more than 18 minutes of the second half until a flurry of late turnovers. They gave the ball away three times in the first half and 12 times after halftime. Julian Welch had four turnovers to offset 10 points and eight assists.

The Gophers outrebounded bigger Michigan State 33-27 and made 14 of their 15 free throws, but they still couldn’t pull out a must-win game for their dying NCAA tournament hopes

MICHIGAN ST. (23-5)

Green 5-14 3-4 17, Payne 2-3 2-2 6, Thornton 0-5 2-2 2, Dawson 3-5 1-3 7, Appling 3-8 7-8 13, Nix 3-7 2-4 8, Wood 6-10 0-0 13, Kearney 0-0 0-0 0, Byrd 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-53 17-23 66.

MINNESOTA (17-11)

Williams 5-10 0-0 10, Sampson III 4-8 0-0 8, Au. Hollins 5-8 3-4 17, Coleman 1-6 2-2 4, Welch 3-5 4-4 10, Eliason 2-4 0-0 4, Armelin 0-0 0-0 0, An. Hollins 1-4 5-5 8, Osenieks 0-1 0-0 0, Ingram 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-46 14-15 61.

Halftime—Michigan St. 31-30. 3-Point Goals—Michigan St. 5-20 (Green 4-8, Wood 1-5, Byrd 0-1, Appling 0-2, Thornton 0-4), Minnesota 5-13 (Au. Hollins 4-6, An. Hollins 1-3, Coleman 0-1, Welch 0-1, Sampson III 0-1, Williams 0-1). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds—Michigan St. 27 (Green, Payne 5), Minnesota 33 (Sampson III 6). Assists—Michigan St. 15 (Appling, Green 5), Minnesota 13 (Welch 8). Total Fouls—Michigan St. 14, Minnesota 20. Technical—Appling. A_13,331.

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