The Spartans appeared to be on the road to a disheartening sweep at the hands of the Redhawks trailing 1-0 in the thir period when defenseman Dan Vuckovic drilled one from the point past Miami goaltender Dan Effinger to tie the score.
MSU got a sterling effort from goaltender Jeff Lerg who turned back 25 Redhawk shots to keep the Spartans in the game until Vuckovic's heroics.
Bryan Lerg then gave MSU insurance when he scored a shorthanded goal, intercepting a Redhawks pass and breaking in on Effinger and beating him to the glove side for a 3-1 edge. Crowder tallied his second of the night and his second two-goal effort in the last three games to give MSU the final margin of victory.
The win was Coach Rick Comley's 700th of his career.
MSU had no answer for the Hawks on Friday when Oxford, OH squad cruised to an easy 5-2 victory.
Matt Christie opened the score with an unassisted goal at the 16:09 mark of the first period. MSU's Jim McKenzie tied it briefly for State from Bryan Lerg and Tyler Howells, but Miami's Jarod Palmer put the Hawks up 2-1 at the end of the first period.
Miami went up by three on back-to-back goals by Marty Guerin and Ryan Jones in the second period. The Green-and-White got one back in the third when Brandon Warner got his eighth goal of the season on assists from Vuckovic and Crowder, but Miami salted it away when Nathan Davis tallied an empty netter.
The split keeps MSU (12-8-1 overall, 8-6-1 CCHA) in a tie for third place in CCHA action with Lake Superior State and Miami in a tie for first with Notre Dame.
The Spartans return home for a two-game series with CCHA foe Alaska this Friday and Saturday at Munn Arena in East Lansing.