Michigan State held on late for a 67-64 victory over Kansas in the opener of the Champions Classic in Atlanta last night.
The 22nd-ranked Spartans bounced back from a season-opening loss to UConn overseas in Germany and are now 1-and-1 on the year.
Keith Appling had scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, while Gary Harris added 18 for MSU.
The seventh-ranked Jayhawks dropped to 1-and-1 with the loss.
Elijah Johnson led the way with 16 points and Ben McLemore added 14 in defeat.
Tim Hardaway Jr. tallied 17 points, six rebounds and four assists as No. 5 Michigan advanced to the semifinals of the
NIT Season Tip-Off with a 77-47 rout over Cleveland State.
It was the Wolverines’ (3-0) third consecutive win of at least 30 points to open the campaign.
Michigan, which came in shooting 25-of-40 from beyond the three-point line, made just 9-of-24 attempts Tuesday, but held a commanding 45-28 rebounding advantage.
Nik Stauskas netted 15 points, while Trey Burke added 12 points and seven assists in the victory.
The Wolverines now take on Pittsburgh next Wednesday in the semifinals in New York.
By: Mike Plourde for Great Lakes Radio Sports