72
      Monday
      85 / 65
      Tuesday
      89 / 70
      Wednesday
      87 / 68

      No. 1 Michigan State beats Portland 82-67

      Keith Appling matched a career high with 25 points to help No. 1 Michigan State pull away to beat Portland 82-67 on Monday night in its first game as a top-ranked team in 13 years.

      The Spartans (4-0) struggled in the first half, leading by four points after seven lead changes and three ties.

      Travis Trice's 3-pointer broke a tie with 12:26 left and he followed that up seconds later with a steal and layup. Garry Harris made a 3-pionter - the team's 11th from behind the arc - midway through the second half that put Michigan State ahead by 10 points for the first time.

      The Pilots (1-2) were balanced on offense with Kevin Bailey leading the way with 12 points and pesky on defense and the boards.