Michigan started the first half hot, then went as cold as the Michigan winter.
After MSU jumped out with an early lead, Michigan fought back to take over the lead at the 14:42 mark at 14-11. Daniel Horton got the hot hand, going 3-3 on three-pointers, and Michigan was 7-12 shooting overall early. And at the 11:15 mark the Wolverines led 19-15.
But then the wheels came off. Over the next 11:25 Michigan made more turnovers than points, 6 to 2. Michigan's shooting went ice cold, as the Wolverines went 1-11 over the last 11 minutes of the half. And turnovers were a killer -- 11 overall in the first half. At the break the Spartans were up by 9, 32-23. Horton led Michigan in the first half with 9 points on his early three-pointers.
The second half was all MSU. The Spartans pounded the ball in to center Paul Davis, who scored 15 of his game-high 22 points (he also had 7 rebounds) in the secondstanza, getting the whole Wolverine front court into foul trouble, starting with Cortney Sims' 4th at the 11:15 mark, and including Graham Brown and J.C. Mathis with 3 each. In the meantime, Michigan continued to be too cold from the field (9-22, 40%) and too turnover-prone (10 more in the second half) to be able to mount any kind of comeback attempt. Daniel Horton finished the game with 20 points (5-9 on 3-pointers but 0-6 on 2-pointers) but no other Wolverine scored in double figures, and Michigan's leading scorer, Bernard Robinson Jr., only scored 2 in the second half and 5 total.
Michigan falls to 10-2, 1-2 in the Big Ten, and plays its next two games on the road:
Wednesday night at Wisconsin, and next Saturday afternoon at Penn State (8-6, 2-1).
Michigan Falls To MSU, 71-54.
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