EAST LANSING, Mich. – Heading into Sunday’s game, Michigan talked about matching its intensity it had played with during its two game win streak.
While those two wins were nice, against Illinois and Indiana respectively, the Wolverines needed another level to win their first true road game in Big Ten play.
And yet again, albeit close, Michigan lost to its rival Michigan State, 70-62, at Breslin Center today. U-M is now winless in its four road Big Ten games.
MSU’s (13-9, 5-4 Big Ten) Miles Bridges put back dunk, on what looked like a non-call shot clock violation, gave the Spartans their biggest lead, 57-45, with 8:09 remaining.
Derrick Walton Jr.’s two free-throws would cut the MSU lead to 66-62 with :21 left, but that would be as close as Michigan (14-8, 4-5) would get down the stretch run.
Cassius Winsotn led MSU with 16 points, while Bridges scored 15 with 13 rebounds, and Nik Ward finished with 13 points on a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor
Walton scored a game-high 24 points, Moritz Wagner adding 10, despite being in foul trouble all game.