Posted December 08, 2012 on AP on Fox
Gary Harris scored 20 points and No. 19 Michigan State broke away in the second half to beat Loyola of Chicago 73-61 Saturday. Adreian Payne added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan State (8-2). Down 32-30 at the break, the Spartans went on a 22-9 run to take control. Harris hit three 3-pointers during the burst. Ben Averkamp had 25 points, including four 3s, and eight rebounds for the Ramblers (6-3). Harris shot 7-for-11 overall, including a 5-for-7 showing on 3s. Travis Trice had 11 points while Keith Appling, the Spartans' top scorer this season, had eight points and seven assists. Devon Turk added 10 points for Loyola. Down 52-41, the Ramblers closed within three before Appling made a jumper and Payne dunked. Loyola held its own on the boards against one of the nation's top rebounding programs, getting outrebounded only 33-31. The Ramblers overcame a 10-point deficit in the first half and took a 28-25 lead on a 3 from Cully Payne, a transfer from Iowa who playe...
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