No. 20 Michigan State tops Bowling Green 64-53

No. 20 Michigan State tops Bowling Green 64-53
December 18, 2012, 9:18 pm
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Michigan State's Keith Appling (11) shoots over Bowling Green's A'uston Calhoun (15) during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Bowling Green, Ohio. (AP Photo/J.D. Pooley)


BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) Gary Harris and Denzel Valentine scored 12 points apiece to lead No. 20 Michigan State to a 64-53 victory over Bowling Green on Tuesday night.

Branden Dawson added 10 points for the Spartans (10-2), who struggled to put away the Falcons until late in the second half in a rare road game against a Mid-American Conference school.

Michigan State held Bowling Green (5-5) to just two points over a six-minute stretch in the second half to take control.

The Spartans went on a 14-2 run highlighted by Dawson's dunk after a steal, drawing a big cheer from the many Michigan State fans filling the Bowling Green arena.

Chauncey Orr led Bowling Green with 16 points.