EAST LANSING, Mich. — Keith Appling had a career-high 24 points and matched a personal best with seven rebounds to help Michigan State beat Florida State 65-49 Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The Spartans (5-2) have won five straight after opening the season with losses to North Carolina on an aircraft carrier in San Diego and against Duke at New York's Madison Square Garden.
The Seminoles (5-3) have lost three straight — to the Spartans, Connecticut and Harvard — since winning their first five.
"This is kind of what we need," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I have no doubt we're going to be a better basketball team for going through this. We're still an inexperienced team, but I do feel we'll be a very good basketball team before the year is done."
MSU's Draymond Green scored 16 to top 1,000 for his career.
FSU looked much more athletic in the opening minutes but wore down in its fourth game in seven days. Bernard James said the Seminoles aren't working together on the court.
"We're all separate," he said. "We've got to get our minds right. It's all mental, one mistake after another."
The crowd was eerily quiet midway through the first quarter after a Spartans cheerleader, Taylor Young, fell on her face during a performance. The junior, 20, from Twin Lake, Mich., was strapped to a backboard with her head immobilized.
The cheerleader smiled and stuck both thumbs up when the crowd cheered after she was lifted onto a stretcher.
"She's okay," athletic director Mark Hollis said.