Keith Appling shook off a sprained right ankle in the first half and finished with 20 points to help No. 15 Michigan State beat Oakland 70-52 Friday night.
The Spartans (4-1) have won four straight since starting the season with a loss to Connecticut in Germany.
The Golden Grizzlies (2-4) never led, but didn't make Michigan State's night easy until late in the game.
Oakland cut its deficit to four points with 6 1/2 minutes left, then Appling made a 3-pointer to help Michigan State pull away.
The Spartans closed the game with an 18-0 run.
Michigan State's Adreian Payne scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Denzel Valentine had 10 points and 10 assists and Derrick Nix added 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Spartans, who were already without guards Gary Harris (shoulder) and Travis Trice (concussion), got a scare when Appling limped off the court late in the first half.
Appling, though, was able to start the second half and made some key baskets soon after Oakland made so...