Football  —  Drew Valentine recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Spartans defeated the Oakland Grizzlies 70-52. Valentine also recorded 6 assists and 2 steals.

Keith Apppling led all scorers with 20 and Adreian Payne fell one rebound short of a double-double with 15 points and 9 rebounds.

The Spartans struggled with turnovers, recording 20 for the game. Branden Dawson (5) and Russell Byrd (4) were the worst offenders.

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Michigan State defeats Oakland 70-52 in battle of the Valentine brothers mLive
Keith Appling scored 20 points, and Denzel Valentine had a double-double to get the better of his older brother, Drew, as Michigan State defeated Oakland 70-52 on Friday.

Valentine collects double-double as No. 15 Spartans top Oakland 70-52 State News
For Denzel Valentine, it was a matchup more than 18 years in the making. And the freshman guard certainly didn’t disappoint. In the first-ever collegiate battle between Denzel and his older brother Drew Valentine of Oakland, it was little brother who got the best of the exchange, leading the No. 15 Spartans to a 70-52 victory over the Golden Grizzlies on Friday at Breslin Center.

Michigan State tops Oakland, 70-52
Denzel Valentine scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Adreian Payne added 15 points and nine boards as they teamed up to lead No. 19 Michigan State to a 70-52 victory over Oakland on Friday at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing. Michigan State (4-1) shot 52 percent from the field (26-of-50).

Spartans Improve to 4-1
Keith Appling pulled off a feat. The Michigan State guard made his hard-driving coach happy. Appling shook off a sprained right ankle in the first half and finished with 20 points to help the 15th-ranked Spartans pull away to beat Oakland 70-52 Friday night.

Recap: Turnover and again The Only Colors
Tom Izzo teams always have turnover problems early in the season. Take away Travis Trice and Gary Harris, and you get Friday's performance: 20 turnovers, but enough defense and timely buckets to pull away for a 70-52 win over Oakland (or as it used to be known: Michigan State University-Oakland) at the Breslin Center.

Keith Appling's shooting saves sloppy Spartans Detroit Free Press
Tom Izzo may well love where his team ends up this year. It's hard to imagine he loves where his young Spartans are now. MSU avoided an upset Friday night at the Breslin Center by beating Oakland University, 70-52, mostly because of more clutch shooting -- and shot-making -- from point guard Keith Appling.

No. 15 Spartans win ugly game against Oakland 70-52 State News
When Tom Izzo and Greg Kampe stepped to the podium for their postgame press conferences, both coaches did so in the exact same manner. With a grimace, a heavy sigh, and nearly identical opening statements: that they had just finished the worst basketball game between MSU and Oakland that either coach had ever seen.

Despite momentary injury, Appling answers call in win against Oakland State News
It was one of the scariest moments of Keith Appling’s life, if only for a moment. With a little more than two minutes to play in the first half of Friday’s game against Oakland, the junior guard took a wrong step off a defender, causing an instant influx of pain darting up his leg. The pain encompassed his right ankle, causing Appling to slump over and writhe for nearly a minute before limping back to the bench.

Denzel Valentine notches double-double, win while facing older brother Drew mLive
Denzel Valentine couldn't help but grin when he drove to the basket and drew a foul on his older brother, Drew. "It was funny because everybody was laughing," Denzel said. "The crowd, I heard everybody laughing."

Defense carries Michigan State over Oakland Detroit News
Michigan State has key injuries and still is trying to figure out exactly what it has on its roster. Oakland is just plain road weary. With that, the two teams combined for a somewhat ugly game Friday, a game the Spartans won 70-52 thanks to its stingy defense and Oakland's cold shooting.

Loss of Harris looms large for Spartans Spartan Shadows
Even though MSU won 70-52 against Oakland and survived in the second half against Boise State without Harris, the freshman guard is proving vital to what the Spartans want to accomplish this season. He’s been their second-best shooter from 3-point range, he doesn’t turn the ball over and he plays sound fundamental defense for a first-year player.

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