Run and Gun: Michigan State 64, Michigan 49

It was Shannon Brown early and Alan Anderson late as the Spartans cruised to an easy road victory against the arch-rival Michigan Wolverines.

Led by Shannon Brown's 4-for-4 shooting start, Michigan State jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the game's first five minutes and cruised to a 64-49 victory over the Michigan Wolverines Saturday afternoon at Crisler Arena.

Brown finished the game with 14 points, on 7-of-8 shooting, while Alan Anderson led Michigan State with 16 points and 6 rebounds. The Spartans (17-4, 8-2 Big Ten) have won 14 of their last 16 games and have lost only one of the previous 13 matchups against the Wolverines.

Chris Hill had 11 points and Paul Davis chipped in with 10 for Michigan State as the Spartans shot 52 percent from the field for the game and scored 24 points off of 17 Wolverine turnovers.

Dion Harris once again played splendid for the Wolverines in the loss. He scored a game-high 22 points (6-11 FG's, 4-6 3pts, 6-7 FTs), while playing 38 minutes. However, not one other Michigan player managed to score more than 7 points, as they shot just 16-of-38 overall (.421) for the game.

"He did all he could do," Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said of Harris. "We can't expect him to carry the entire load."

Michigan State's defense allowed only seven Michigan assists for the game while forcing 17 turnovers. In all, the Wolverines had more turnovers (17) than field goals (16).

Michigan (12-13, 3-8) has now lost eight straight games. It's the programs losing streak since dropping 11 in a row during the 1981-82 season.

Michigan State led by as many as 11 points in the opening half, and stretched their lead to 18 at one point in the second half. The Wolverines did manage to cut that deficit to 8 points with less than three minutes to play, but the Spartans' Alan Anderson made consecutive jumpers in the lane and later punctuated those jumpers with a dunk during a 10-0 run to ice the game.

Anderson collected five rebounds and 14 points in the second half, while playing stellar defense in the post as well as on the perimeter. It was the seventh straight game that Anderson has scored in double-figures.

"Alan Anderson might have had his best game as a Spartan," said his head coach Tom Izzo afterward.

Anderson's first basket of the game, a dunk with 17:34 left in the first half, pushed him past the 1,000-point plateau for his career. Anderson is the third member of the 2004-05 team to accomplish the feat and 33rd Spartan in school history to reach that milestone.

The Spartans now have a couple of days to prepare before a game versus the Minnesota Golden Gophers this Wednesday (Feb. 24) at the Breslin Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised locally by ESPN Plus.


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