No. 6 Michigan State survives Minnesota, 65-64

Kalin Lucas scored 22 points, Raymar Morgan added 17 and No. 6 Michigan State rallied to beat short-handed Minnesota 65-64 on Saturday in a game the Spartans never led until the final minutes. The Spartans (17-3) have won eight straight and matched their best start in the Big Ten since also starting 7-0 during the 1977-78 season. Lucas hit a 3-pointer with 1:27 left to break a 62-all tie, and Minnesota answered with a basket by Damien Johnson to trim the lead to one. The Gophers denied Chris Allen a runner on defense, grabbed possession and called timeout with 14.7 seconds left. After setting up the play, Lawrence Westbrook unloaded in the lane with 3 seconds left. His contested shot came up short, and Blake Hoffarber's tip at the buzzer bounced off the backboard as the Spartans streamed off their bench and onto the court. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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