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No. 3 Michigan State Spartans Fall to No. 21 Michigan Wolverines, 80-75

January 26th, 2014 at 2:37 PM
By MacK Lester

Michigan State’s 11 game winning streak came to an end as it was snapped at home by in-state rival, the Michigan Wolverines. MSU gives up the top spot in the Big Ten rankings as well as expect to fall in the national rankings next week. Head coach Tom Izzo wasn’t quick to criticize after the 80-75 loss.

'Michigan State guard Brandon Wood,  dives after ball.' photo (c) 2011, Official U.S. Navy Page - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In the 30 years I've been here, I've never been prouder of a team," he said

The third ranked Spartans came into the game last night without two of their best big-men. Senior Adreian Payne has missed five straight games due to a sprained right foot. Branden Dawson broke his hand earlier this week and is still expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Michigan forward Mitch McGary also sat out due to a back injury.

The game went back and forth the entire length. Michigan jumped at the start with a 10-2 run. State would periodically bounce back, and went into halftime with a six point lead.

Throughout the second half, every time the Spartans would try and pull away, extending the lead, Michigan would surge through the defense and keep it close and tight. After a late game run, State could not comeback.

Gary Harris led the way yet again. He posted a new career-high of 27 points. He also notched five rebounds and three steals.

Keith Appling came up big with his double-double, scoring 10 points and dishing out 10 assists.

Matt Costello led in rebounds with eight. He also scored nine points.

Alvin Ellis III came off the bench in a big way. He shot 100% for the night, including at the free-throw line. He totaled 12 points, including two three pointers.

Michigan’s success came off three key scorers last night. Derrick Walton Jr and Nik Stauskas each scored 19 points and four assists. Caris LeVert supported with 17 points and three assists and eight rebounds.

There is still a lot of basketball to be played for the 18-2 Spartans. They will travel to Iowa City, Iowa on Tuesday to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. The game begins at 7:00 pm Eastern Time and will air live on ESPN. 

Tags: Adreian Payne, Branden Dawson, Gary Harris, Iowa Hawkeyes, Keith Appling, Michigan State, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines, MSU, NCAA, Tom Izzo

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