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Reuters, Published December 31 2012

No. 13 Gophers pummel Michigan State with late burst

MINNEAPOLIS - Andre Hollins scored 22 points and handed out six assists as the 13th-ranked Minnesota pulled away late to win their Big Ten opener against Michigan State.

Minnesota (13-1) trailed 61-58 following Adreian Payne's dunk with 7:16 to play but closed the game on an 18-2 run to win handily. Michigan State had five turnovers and shot just 1-for-9 from the floor in the closing stretch.

The Spartans (11-3) came into the game allowing opponents to shoot just 35.3 percent from the field - best in the Big Ten - but the Gophers connected on 56.6 percent of their shots.

Rodney Williams had 15 points for Minnesota while Austin Hollins added 12. Trevor Mbakwe finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds, helping the Gophers to a 38-24 advantage on the boards against a Michigan State team that had been outrebounding opponents by more than 10 per game.

Keith Appling led the Spartans with 15 points and six steals while Gary Harris finished with 12 points.