It won't be pretty every night, but if a team is going to win a championship, it must come through on nights it isn't playing its best.
That couldn't have summed up Michigan State's night any better on Wednesday as the No. 6 Spartans went on a 12-0 run in the final three minutes of the game to knock off Minnesota, 66-61, at Williams Arena.
The victory keeps Michigan State (23-5, 12-3 Big Ten) one full game ahead of Ohio State and Michigan, both of which are tied for second place.
Brandon Wood scored eight of his 13 points in the final seven minutes of the game to spark Michigan State while Keith Appling hit six straight free throws in the final 32 seconds to ice the victory.
Appling finished with 13 points while Draymond Green scored 17 to lead the Spartans.