Broncos Fall in Battle with Ranked Spartans

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Keith Appling scored 22 points while Branden Dawson and Denzel Valentine made key contributions to help slow-starting Michigan State rally twice to beat Boise State 74-70 on Tuesday night.

Derrick Marks scored 19 of his game- and career-high 24 points in the second half before fouling out with 2:37 left for Leon Rice's Broncos (3-1), who had already beaten Texas Southern, Oakland and Louisiana in the five-team Spartan Showcase.

Appling was 8-for-14 from the field and delivered the critical three-point play in the final minute. Valentine had 12 points in his first career start, while Dawson added 10 points, five rebounds and three steals for the No. 15 Spartans (3-1), who suffered a major blow for at least one night when high-scoring freshman Gary Harris suffered a shoulder injury in the opening minute.

After leading by as many as nine points in the first half, the Broncos trailed by as many as nine in the second. However, Boise State held a 61-56 lead with 8-minutes, 24-seconds remaining before a 10-1 run put the Spartans back in front (66-62).

The Broncos were within two with 40 seconds remaining (70-68), but the nation's 15th-ranked team held on for the win. The game involved nine lead changes and six ties.

Redshirt freshman guard Mikey Thompson added a career-high 14 points.

Boise State will host UC Santa Barbara Saturday at 2 p.m. (Nov. 24), at Taco Bell Arena.