MINNEAPOLIS — This one, a 76-63 loss at Minnesota, could come back to haunt Michigan State’s basketball team and it’ll mostly hurt because the Spartans had a legitimate chance at a strong early Big Ten road win.
MSU’s offense went cold late, outscored 20-4 after a Keith Appling bucket with 9:22 left.
You can’t win if you don’t keep scoring. It sounds simple, but MSU blew a number of opportunities to extend its lead, especially during that seemingly hour-long stretch when the Spartans led 55-52.
Appling led MSU with 15, Gary Harris had 12, Derrick Nix 10 and Travis Trice 9, though Trice didn’t score in the second half.
MSU needs to win its next four, including Iowa on the road, to get to 4-1 and stay in this race early.
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