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Michigan State Survives Northwestern

Senior Night.

Score: No. 10 Michigan State 71, Northwestern 61

Star(s): Michigan State:Keith Appling 16 Pts, 4 Reb. Northwestern:Kale Abrahamson 16 Pts, 4 Reb.

Story: It was senior night at the Breslin Center as Michigan State ended its regular season play with a 71-61 victory over Northwestern. With MSU locked in as the third seed for the Big Ten Tournament after Indiana's victory over Michigan, there didn't seem to be as much motivation from the Spartans.

But both teams played hard, and Northwestern was able to hang with MSU the entire game. The Wildcats were able to tie the score with just over six minutes to play, but key buckets by Derrick Nix and Keith Appling gave the Spartans the cushion they needed to escape with the victory. Nix was also celebrated on an emotional Senior Night.