Michigan State holds off Oakland

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Updated: December 14, 2013

Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – The fifth-ranked Michigan State
Spartans have had trouble this season winning convincingly against lesser
competition.

The same could be said Saturday as the Spartans battled and ultimately
pulled off a 67-63 win over the upset-minded Oakland Golden Grizzlies from the
Palace at Auburn Hills.

Michigan State (8-1) leaned on seniors Keith Appling and Adreian Payne as both
players put the Spartans on their backs at different points of the contest.

Appling scored 18 of his team-high 21 points in the second half, while Payne
took the reigns in the first half, scoring 16 of his 20 points and grabbing
seven of his 10 rebounds in the opening stanza.

Branden Dawson was the only other Spartan in double-figures with 16 points to
go along with 13 rebounds.

Duke Mondy paced all scorers with 24 points and Travis Bader added 18 points
on 5-of-20 shooting for Oakland (2-9).