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Thornton sparks Michigan State to 69-47 triumph
Sunday, Nov 20, 2011

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP)—Austin Thornton had a career-high 13 points off the bench to lead Michigan State past Arkansas-Little Rock 69-47 Sunday night.

Guards Keith Appling and Brandon Wood combined for 21 points for Michigan State (2-2), which won its second game in less than 50 hours after losing to No. 1 North Carolina and No. 6 Duke.

Appling had 12 points, while Wood added nine, including the Spartans’ first two 3-point baskets in a 32-22 first half.

After quick starts in both halves, Michigan State had stretches of sloppy play and seemed lethargic compared to its energy in Friday’s 76-41 win over Texas Southern.

Arkansas-Little Rock (2-3) was led by Will Neighbour with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

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Will Neighbour Will Neighbour
3-11,  11 Pts
12 Rebs, 0 Assists
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3-7,  13 Pts
6 Rebs, 2 Assists

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