Spartans Outlast Northwestern in OT, 71-67
 
 
 
Michigan State's Draymond Green, right, and Northwestern's Davide Curletti battle for a loose ball during the first half. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
 
Michigan State's Draymond Green, right, and Northwestern's Davide Curletti battle for a loose ball during the first half. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
 
 

Jan. 15, 2011

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Freshman Keith Appling scored 19 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer and two key free throws, as Michigan State rallied to beat Northwestern 71-67 in overtime Saturday.

Kalin Lucas added 18 points and Draymond Green had 16 for the Spartans (12-5, 4-1 Big Ten), who needed an extra five minutes to win for the second time this week.

Drew Crawford scored 16 points and Michael Thompson 15 for the Wildcats (11-5, 2-4), who led by eight late in the first half and by three early in overtime.

Northwestern's John Shurna, who was averaging 20.1 points, was held to six points and 2-for-10 shooting, thanks largely to the defense of Delvon Roe.

Michigan State trailed 23-18 at halftime but played much better after the break, just as it had in home wins over Minnesota and Wisconsin.