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Spartans thump Minnesota in Big Ten tournament

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Michigan State won't get any style points for this one.

Chris Allen led three Spartans in double figures, and No. 7 Michigan State kept its hopes for a No. 1 seed alive with a 64-56 victory over scrappy Minnesota on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament. It was Michigan State's sixth straight win, and ninth in its last 10 games.

But if the Spartans (26-5) were trying to impress the NCAA selection committee, well, there's always that game Saturday against the Ohio State-Wisconsin winner. The Spartans shot less than 48 percent and had 16 turnovers, and they threatened one of their lowest point totals of the season until Minnesota was forced to foul in the last 90 seconds.

Allen finished with 17 points, Big Ten player of the year Kalin Lucas had 12 and Marquise Gray added 11.

Damian Johnson had 19 for Minnesota (22-10).

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