Payne, Michigan St dominates Virginia Tech 96-77

Spartans advance to Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Final

Published On: Nov 23 2013 01:32:47 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 23 2013 01:33:50 AM EST

Adreian Payne had a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds, Keith Appling had 13 points and seven assists, and top-ranked Michigan State beat Virginia Tech 96-77 on Friday night in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

   Gary Harris scored 19 despite shooting just 2 for 12 on 3-pointers and Branden Dawson had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans.

   Michigan State (5-0) will play Oklahoma in the final Saturday night. The Sooners rallied to beat Seton Hall 86-85 in the first semifinal.

   Hokies senior Jarrell Eddie had 23 points -- 17 in the first half. Adam Smith scored 27 as Virginia Tech (3-2) fell to 4-8 all-time against teams ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll.