Found March 22, 2013 on Detroit Sports Nation:
Senior Derrick Nix had a career high 15 rebounds and added 23 points to lead Michigan State past the Valparaiso Crusaders on Thursday afternoon at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Keith Appling had 15 points while Big Ten Freshman Player of the Year Gary Harris added 10 points. To be clear, this game was never [...]
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