The Spartans (4-1) have won four straight since starting the season with a loss to Connecticut in Germany.
The Golden Grizzlies (2-4) never led, but didn’t make Michigan State’s night easy until late in the game.
Oakland cut its deficit to four points with 6 1/2 minutes left, then Appling made a 3-pointer to help Michigan State pull away.
The Spartans closed the game with an 18-0 run.
Michigan State’s Adreian Payne scored 15 points, Denzel Valentine had 10 points and 10 assists and Derrick Nix added 10 points.
Duke Mondy scored 16 for the Golden Grizzlies.
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