Michigan State showed the benefits of their tough early-season schedule as they handily defeated Florida State in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.
Though it was just a four-point game at halftime, a dominant second half by Michigan St. led the Spartans to a surprisingly easy win against the Florida St. Seminoles, 65-49, clinching the Big Ten's third consecutive victory in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, along with concurrent wins by Indiana over N.C. State and Penn State over Boston College.
The Spartans were led by a career high in points by Keith Appling, who poured in 24 to go with seven rebounds, and dominated the 'Noles at the line, allowing their ACC foes to shooting just six free throws (they made three) while shooting 20 of their own. Sparty also turned the ball over 11 times to the 'Noles' 18. Brandon Wood had a double-double, 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Draymond Green also scored 16 for Michigan State.
The Seminoles were completely stymied on offense, failing to score 50 points, and no one on the team scored more than 13. They were led by a double-double from Bernard James, but got little production outside him in the losing effort.