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No. 2 Michigan State holds off Columbia 62-53
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Columbia's Maodo Lo (12) drives between Michigan State's Keith Appling, left, and Gary Harris during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
November 15, 2013, 11:08 pm

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Adreian Payne scored 26 points and No. 2 Michigan State avoided a stunning upset Friday night, holding off Columbia 62-53 in the final minutes.,

The Spartans (3-0) beat top-ranked Kentucky earlier in the week, and they'll have a chance to move to the top of next week's AP Top 25, but only after trailing for a majority of the second half against the poised, patient Lions (1-2).

Maodo Lo had 12 points for Columbia.

Michigan State scored the game's first nine points, but the Spartans trailed 26-22 at halftime and didn't lead again until Gary Harris' three-point play put Michigan State ahead 49-46 with 7:28 to go.

The Spartans held Columbia without a field goal for the final 4:27.

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