No. 19 Mich. St. outlasts Minnesota in Big 10 opener

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Minnesota forward Eric Curry, left, shoots over Michigan State guard Marcus Bingham Jr. during the first half an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gabe Brown, Malik Hall and Tyson Walker scored 15 points apiece for 19th-ranked Michigan State in a 75-67 victory over Minnesota.

This was the first Big Ten opener for Gophers coach Ben Johnson and the 27th for Spartans coach Tom Izzo. Brown had three 3-pointers as the Spartans went 10 for 21 from deep.

The Gophers entered the game with the best 3-point defense in the nation at 23.1% allowed.

The Spartans improved to 8-2 overall.

The Gophers dropped to 7-1. Eric Curry had a career-high 18 points for Minnesota.

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