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No. 5 Michigan State Beats Minnesota 87-75 In OT

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Gary Harris #14 of the Michigan State Spartans grabs a first half rebound next to Maurice Walker #15 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on January 11, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Gary Harris #14 of the Michigan State Spartans grabs a first half rebound next to Maurice Walker #15 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on January 11, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

By LARRY LAGE/AP Sports Writer

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Keith Appling scored 24 points to help No. 5 Michigan State beat Minnesota 87-75 in overtime Saturday after overcoming a double-digit deficit in the second half and blowing a lead late in regulation.

The Spartans (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten) scored 15 straight points while holding the Golden Gophers (13-4, 2-2) scoreless for nearly 8 minutes after trailing 53-43 with 15:57 left.

Michigan State missed an opportunity to win in regulation for the second straight game, losing a five-point lead in the last 13 seconds.

Minnesota’s Malik Smith made his fifth 3-pointer, Gary Harris missed two free throws with 11.3 seconds left for the Spartans and DeAndre Mathieu’s layup with 1.7 seconds left tied the game and sent it to overtime.

Michigan State scored the first nine points of OT.

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