Spartans take major upset to Texas Southern

Michigan State becomes latest upset victim as Texas Southern comes and wins at Breslin on Saturday in a 71-64 overtime win.

Add Michigan State to the list of Big Ten teams upset this season.

The Spartans joined the likes of Michigan and Nebraska on Saturday in what might have been the most unlikely – and the worst – of the group as Texas Southern downed the Spartans 71-64 in overtime.

“That was a coaching loss and I take full responsibility for it and I plan on rectifying it starting at 8:30 am tomorrow morning," coach Tom Izzo said.

The Tigers went on a 13-5 run to close regulation – keyed by a 3-pointer by Jason Carter to give them their first lead with 1:26 to go – and kept the strong play going into overtime.

The Tigers outscored Michigan State 16-9 in the extra frame, as Malcolm Riley got the first bucket on a baseline jumper and David Blanks hit a floater to put Texas Southern up 59-55. The final 12 points came via free throws, as the Spartans struggled to get anything going in overtime – as was the tale for much of the game.

Michigan State led or the game was tied for the first 38:34 of the game, but Carter’s 3 put Texas Southern ahead.

Junior Denzel Valentine hit a pair of free throws to put Michigan State back up 54-53 with a minute left, but Carter came quickly back with a layup with 29 seconds left.

Out of a timeout with 14 seconds left, Matt Costello missed a layup, but freshman Javon Bess came down with the rebound and was fouled on a shot attempt. The first hit back iron before he hit the second one. Texas Southern’s Madarious Gibbs dribbled the ball off his foot and Michigan State could not get off a shot attempt with one second left as the game went to overtime.

The Spartans -- one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the nation coming into the game – went just 4 of 21. Junior Bryn Forbes hit just 1 of 9 3-point attempts as he and Travis Trice combined to go 4 of 22 from the field with just 12 points combined.


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