Michigan Sweeps Spartans

The Michigan basketball team improved to 19-12 on the season and 9-9 in the Big 10 with a 70-63 win over the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday afternoon at Crisler Arena. With the win U-M completed a season sweep of MSU for the first time since 1997.

ANN ARBOR - Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 points, all in the second half, to lead the Wolverines past the rival Michigan State Spartans 70-63 on Saturday afternoon at Crisler Arena. The win gives U-M its' first season sweep of MSU since 1997.

Michigan surged to a big lead early in the contest and never relinquished it. Michigan State drew within two points late in the second half, but the Spartans couldn't get over the hump despite a 25-point performance from Kalin Lucas.

Up eight at halftime, Michigan stretched its lead to 13 points with 13:41 left. Smotrycz, one of four Wolverines who scored in double digits, connected from deep.

Kalin Lucas led the Spartans back over the next eight minutes. Lucas started the Spartan run with a triple, and, after a triple and two free throws from Durrell Summers and Delvon Roe, added two free throws to make it 56-54.

Jordan Morgan and Tim Hardaway Jr. curbed the Spartan momentum and pushed the lead to 62-56. Michigan then scored its final six points from the free throw line to seal the 70-63 win.

In the first half the Wolverines surged to an eight point lead at 33-25. Michigan led by as many as 14 points in the half before the Spartans ended the stanza on a 6-0 run.

Michigan jumped on top 10-1 before the Spartans connected on their first field goal of the game, a Kalin Lucas jumpber, with 13:42 left in the half. U-M was led by Jordan Morgan and Darius Morris combined to score the Wolverines first 10 points.

Michigan State rallied to trim the lead to three points, 22-19, with 4:58 to go. Keith Appling scored seven straight Spartan points around a Matt Vogrich three-pointer.

Zack Novak made a three-pointer to end the Spartans streak. Evan Smotrycz then four in the paint around a pair of Zack Novak and Darius Morris free throws.

Appling and Durrell Summers then added triples to end the half at 33-25.

With the win the Wolverines improve to 19-12 and 9-9 in the Big 10. The Wolverines open the 2011 Big 10 Tournament on Friday, March 11 in Indianapolis, Ind.


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