The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

No. 10Michi­gan State 63, Flor­ida 59: Kyle Ah­erns scored Michi­gan State’s fi­nal seven points, in­clud­ing a two-handed jam with 8.7 sec­onds re­main­ing, and No. 10 Michi­gan State beat host Flor­ida. Ah­erns barely beat the shot clock with his base­line slam, giv­ing the Spar­tans the fi­nal points in a game the Ga­tors made close thanks mostly to fresh­man An­drew Nem­b­hard late.

Flor­ida (5-4) cut the Spar­tans’ lead to 56-53 on KeVaughn Allen’s 3-pointer with 3:24 to play, but Ahrens an­swered on the other end. Ahrens added a re­verse layup on Michi­gan State’s next pos­ses­sion.

Xavier Till­man led the Spar­tans (8-2) with 14 points and nine re­bounds.

Nem­b­hard and Allen topped Flor­ida with 13 points apiece.

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