With a rivalry with so much history, its only fitting that it would come down to the wire.
Michigan (13-6 overall, 6-0 Big Ten) bested MSU 60-58 to snap the eight-game losing streak to the Spartans, in the only regular season matchup between the two schools.
The Wolverines, winners of 13 straight games, used a heavy dose of guard Daniel Horton down the stretch.
The 6-foot-3 freshman shot just 4-of-17 from the field, but no shot was bigger than his off balance three-point shot with a little more than a minute to play to help swing the momentum into the Wolverines favor.
Horton scored eight of Michigans final 13 points in the final six minutes. Horton finished the game with a team-high 19 points.
MSU (10-8, 2-4) had the 52-47 lead with 6 and a half minutes left, but thats when a trio of Wolverine freshmen took over.
Horton, guard Lester Abram and center Chris Hunter combined to score the next 11 points to put Michigan in position to earn the honor of the best college basketball team in the state of Michigan.
Forward LaVell Blanchard, who was averaging 17.8 points per game, was held scoreless until the 10-second mark, where he connected on two free throws to seal the game.
MSUs sophomore guard Chris Hill hit two 3s in the closing seconds to make it close. Hill came off the bench for the second straight game to score 20 points. Forward Alan Anderson was the only other Spartan in double figures, notching 13 points.
The first half was as close as it could get with no team earning more than a five point lead the entire first half.
Junior forward Bernard Robinson Jr. led the Wolverines with nine points to help Michigan to a 31-28 lead at half. Robinson finished with 13 points.
The Spartans outrebounded the Wolverines 35 to 24, but their inability to get to the free throw line and convert was costly. MSU hit only 5-of-11 from the line for the game.
Michigan, on the other hand, took advantage at the line hitting 19-of-24 from the free throw line.