MSU’s sharp shooter senior finished with 29 points, including 8-of-10 from three-point range, as No. 10 Michigan State coasted to an easy 89-73 victory against its in-state rival Michigan.
MSU (20-4, 7-4 Big Ten) jumped out to 26-11 lead, which was ignited by Forbes, who made his first five 3-point attempts.
“Michigan State is a lot better than us, they are really an elite team,” said Michigan coach John Beilein, adding: “They were just really, really good.”
MSU senior Denzel Valentine almost completed a triple-double, finishing with 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, with fellow senior Matt Costello adding 14 points and eight rebounds.
Michigan’s (17-7, 7-4) offense never could get going, with MSU holding the Wolverines to 43.9 percent shooting, while MSU made 32-of-50 shots at a 64.0 percent rate.
Irvin led Michigan with 19 points, with Aubrey Dawkins adding 14.
However, Michigan State’s three-point shooting is what stood out, along with eight makes from Forbes, MSU collectively made 14-of-22 three-points shots, at a 63.6 percent rate. While U-M struggled from 3s, finishing 8-of-28 from beyond the arc.
“Our three seniors won us the game,” MSU coach Tom Izzo said. “It was Costello, Forbes and Valentine that came through.”
Michigan next plays at Minnesota on Wednesday.