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CBB: No. 1 Michigan State fends off Portland to stay unbeaten

The Sports Network

11/18/2013 9:07:58 PM

East Lansing, MI - Keith Appling scored 25 points and Michigan State, the nation's newly crowned No. 1 team, pulled away down the stretch to record an 82-67 win over Portland at the Breslin Center.

Appling went a perfect 5-for-5 from 3-point range and added seven assists for Michigan State (4-0), which got all it could handle from the pesky Pilots before assuming control via a 14-4 run midway through the second half that snapped a 46-46 tie.

Adreian Payne added 19 points and Gary Harris netted 15 just hours after the Spartans were elevated into the No. 1 spot in the polls following last week's victory over then top-ranked Kentucky.

Kevin Bailey paced Portland (1-2) with 12 points, while Ryan Nicholas and Bobby Sharp each had 11 in the loss.