No. 1 Michigan State takes down Portland, 82-67

Freshly minted No. 1 Michigan State struggled early but managed to put away Portland, 82-67, Monday night at the Breslin Center. Keith Appling scored 25 points and Adreian Payne added 19 to pace the Spartans, who 45 percent from 3-point land. Get all the stats, recap and video highlights in this post.

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(AP) Keith Appling matched a career high with 25 points to help No. 1 Michigan State pull away to beat Portland 82-67 on Monday night in its first game as a top-ranked team in 13 years. The Spartans (4-0) struggled in the first half, leading by four points after seven lead changes and three ties.

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Spartan in Los Angeles on 11/18/2013 @ 8:59pm EDT Said:

Appling was The straw that stirred the drink tonight

Doug on 11/18/2013 @ 11:40pm EDT Said:

Appling is leading the way as a senior, where are the haters now?

Spartan in Los Angeles on 11/19/2013 @ 10:24am EDT Said:

On probation and paying 250 k fines Doug