Wolverines Drop 12-point Decision to MSU

The Wolverines hosted the No. 9 Michigan State Spartans at Crisler Arena on Tuesday night in the only regular season game between the two rival schools. The visiting Spartans held Michigan to just 15 points in the first half, and the Wolverines were unable to overcome the slow start in the 54-42 loss.

ANN ARBOR -- The Wolverines struggled mightily on the offensive end of the court, and the visiting No. 9 Michigan State Spartans fought to a 23-15 halftime lead before pulling away to the tune of a 54-42 win over the Wolverines on Tuesday night.

Up eight points at the half, Michigan State extended the lead to 12 points just more than five minutes into the second half. A pair of Kalin Lucas jumpers gave the Spartans their biggest lead up to that point in the contest.

Michigan inched back into the game with a 7-2 run over the next minute and a half, though. Zack Novak hit his first shot of the game from behind the arc, and DeShawn Sims, who finished with a team high 18 points, flushed home a pair of dunks.

With 8:00 to play, the Wolverines continued trimming the lead and brought it down to just five points at 37-32 in the defensive struggle. Adding to the Wolverines run, C.J. Lee and Sims each added another a pair of layups.

After matching the Spartans basket for basket over the next five minutes, they'd get it down to four at 42-38 with less than four minutes to go.

The Spartans Lucas', though, then provided another dagger. From just outside the three-point line, Lucas connected from deep to put Michigan back into a seven point hole with less than four to play.

Stu Douglass connected on a pair of free throws to make it 45-40, but Michigan was unable to then capitalize on a Michigan State turnover and the lead went back to seven points on a Draymond Green layup.

Manny Harris hit a pair at the line with two minutes to play, and with 1:41 to play, the Wolverines trailed 48-42 after a Durrell Summers free throw for the Spartans.

Over the last 1:40 the Spartans would ice the game at the free throw line.

Michigan finished with just 42 points, and the Wolverines cold shooting, including just 4-of-24 from distance and 6-of-11 from the line, eventually did in the Wolverines in their upset bid.

Over the opening 10 minutes of the contest the two teams battled back and forth, each team holding the lead on more than one occasion.

Michigan State opened with a quick 5-0 lead. Goran Suton took the feed from Travis Walton as he slashed through the paint for an easy layup. Durrell Summers added the Spartans first triple on their next time down the floor.

Michigan answered with an 8-2 run to claim its first lead of the game. Zack Gibson opened the Michigan scoring with a three-ball. Zack Novak added a point from the stripe, and Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims each scored to make it 8-7.

Sims gave Michigan its second lead at 10-9 moments later, but a Spartan run in the middle of the half put distance between the two schools.

Delvon Roe scored a pair of inside baskets, plus added a free throw on a three-point play, and Korie Lucious hit from the corner to make it 17-13 Michigan State. The lead was extended to 23-15 at the half with the Wolverines being held scoreless over the final 5:34. Roe finished with 11 points in the first half.

With the loss the Wolverines now sit 15-10 on the season and 5-7 in Big 10 play. The Maize and Blue are off until traveling to Northwestern on Sunday in game critical to the Wolverines NCAA Tournament hopes. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

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