Appling leads Michigan State to victory over Tuskegee
Keith Appling matched a career high with 25 points to lead No. 19 Michigan State to a 92-56 win over Tuskegee on Saturday night at Jenison Field House, where the “Game of Change” was held during the 1963 NCAA tournament.
The Spartans (9-2) played their first game in their former home for hoops since 1989 — a decade after Magic Johnson called it his home court during a championship season — to celebrate a historic event in the same venue nearly a half-century ago.
Calvin Thomas scored 14 and Javier McKinney had 12 points for the Golden Tigers (1-5).
Mississippi State, whose team had only white players nearly a half-century ago, defied a state prohibition against playing integrated teams to face Loyola of Chicago, which had four black starters, in East Lansing during the 1963 NCAA tournament. Loyola won the game en route to winning the NCAA title that year.