Wolverines roll Spartans, take hold of B1G

Huge second half from Nik Stauskas downs Spartans in Ann Arbor on Sunday.

The second Michigan State-Michigan meeting of the year went a lot like the first one.

The Spartans took the lead at halftime, but the Wolverines turned up the heat offensively and defensively in the second half to roll to a 79-70 win.

Michigan guard Nik Stauskas, who had just four points and didn't attempt a 3-pointer before halftime, scored the first five of the second half and didn't stop there. He finished with a game-high 25 points and hit three 3-pointers.

Caris LeVert had 14 points in the first half, hitting a 3-pointer just before halftime to pull the Wolverines within 36-34. He finished with 23.

The Spartans looked picked up where they left off at Purdue with 5 of 11 shooting from 3-point range in the first half, led by Denzel Valentine hitting three of the five.

Gary Harris led the Spartans with 21 points and Valentine finished with 13.

Michigan State took a 38-36 lead when Adreian Payne slammed home a dunk early in the second half, but he was called for a technical for hanging on the rim. After that, it was all Wolverines as they outscored MSU 43-32.

The Spartans largest lead came at 22-11, after which point they were outscored 68-48.

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