Michigan Beats Michigan State 61-57

The Michigan basketball team improved to 12-9 on the season and 2-6 in Big 10 action with a 61-57 win on the road over the Michigan State Spartans on Thursday night. Zack Novak led U-M scoring 19 points on 6-for-8 shooting from behind the arc.

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- 1,181.

It had been 1,181 days since November 3, 2007, when Michigan downed Michigan State in football at Spartan Stadium setting the stage for Mike Hart's infamous "little brother" comment. Since that day, though, the shoe has been on the other foot.

Until now.

Zack Novak connected on 6-of-8 from behind the three-point arc to lead Michigan with 19 points, plus Darius Morris and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 17 and 10 to overcome 27 points from the Spartans Kalin Lucas as Michigan downed Michigan State at the Breslin Center for the first time in over a decade by the score of 61-57.

In the first half the Wolverines opened up a 24-18 lead after briefly falling behind 6-0 to start the game. Novak got Michigan on the board with a four-point play to snap the slow start, then, with 16:13 left in the half, Morris gave Michigan it's first lead at 8-7 on a Morris jumper.

Lucas and Durrell Summers combined for seven of Michigan State's next nine points to put the Spartans back up 16-11, but that was the last lead MSU would hold.

Novak made back-to-back-to-back triples following the small Michigan State run to put Michigan back on top 22-18. With 9:20 left Michigan grew the lead to 24-18 with jumpers by Jon Horford and Tim Hardaway Jr.

The teams exchanged buckets over the final 10 minutes of the half with Michigan holding a 33-27 lead.

To start the second half U-M raced out to an 8-0 start to jump on top 41-27. Jordan Morgan, Morris and Hardaway Jr. all scored for U-M in the spurt.

The Spartans pulled within five in the games final minutes, then a Kalin Lucas three-point play in the final two minutes brought the Spartans back within striking distance late in the contest, but Stu Douglass connected from deep to give Michigan a 60-55 lead with 25 seconds left.

With the win the Wolverines snap a four-game skid to the Spartans, plus a six-game losing streak on the season. Michigan returns to the floor on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. to meet the Iowa Hawkeyes at Crisler Arena.

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