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