Michigan State Spartans guard Brandan Kearney (3) talks with head coach Tom Izzo (left) during the first half against the Minnesota Gophers at University of Minnesota Williams Arena. Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan State makes comeback against Minnesota on the road, still in first place in the Big Ten

Somehow, someway, Michigan State walked out of Williams Arena with a win Wednesday night.

Minnesota led by as many as eight points with a shade more than 8 minutes to play, but MSU (23-5, 12-3 B1G) won the game, 66-61.

It was key plays and key defensive stops that allowed the Spartans to claw back into the game late in the game.

Oh, and there was the Gophers (17-11, 5-10), who absolutely collapsing with a dozen second-half turnovers.

The Spartans got 17 points from Draymond Green, while both Keith Appling and Brandon Wood added 13. The win kept the Spartans one game in first place in the Big Ten ahead of both Ohio State and Michigan, who each are 11-4 in conference play.

Up next for the Spartans is a home game against Nebraska on Saturday at 8 p.m.

After hosting Nebraska, the Spartans then play at Indiana and then at home against Ohio State, a game that could decide the Big Ten title as well as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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