No. 5 MSU Beats U-M in Heart Breaker

The Michigan basketball team fell to 10-10 on the season and 3-5 in Big 10 action with a 57-56 loss to the No. 5 Michigan State Spartans on Tuesday night at Crisler Arena. Kalin Lucas jumper with 3.5 seconds left doomed Michigan in the one point loss.

ANN ARBOR - The Wolverines built a seven point lead in the first half, plus led by three points in the final minutes, but the No. 5 Michigan State Spartans stole a much needed upset from the Wolverines 57-56 on Tuesday night at Crisler Arena.

Down 56-55 in the final moments, Kalin Lucas drove the dagger through the U-M heart with a mid-range jumper with just 3.5 seconds remaining on the clock. U-M threw up a prayer in the final seconds but, but DeShawn Sims tip rolled off the rim and Michigan came up an inch short.

A back-and-forth contest through much of the game, the Wolverines held a three-point lead with the ball and just 2:41 remaining. Following a Darius Morris layup to put Michigan on top 56-53, though, the Maize and Blue wouldn't score again. Raymar Morgan and Lucas then delivered the win for Tom Izzo.

Over the first nine minutes of the second half the Spartans rallied from a two-point halftime deficit to take their biggest lead of the game, a 42-37 advantage.

Morgan scored five of the first seven points, but Durrell Summers and Delvon Roe all also had a had in the surge to put Michigan State up five.

Michigan went back up 47-46 with 6:53 remaining on a Manny Harris layup. Harris and Sims combined to score the Wolverines next 17 points following the five-point Spartan deficit to set the stage for Morris' layup and Kalin Lucas' jumper.

In the first half the Spartans jumped out to a pair of early leads behind a 13-point first half performance by Raymar Morgan. Morgan and wing Durrell Summers scored the Spartans first eight points of the game before a Kalin Lucas layup put Michigan State on top 10-6.

Michigan answered with a 9-4 run to grab a 15-14 lead with 11:25 left in the half. Zack Novak opened the run with his first triple of the game, then a Stu Douglass knocked down a pair of free throws. Zack Gibson and DeShawn Sims added a bucket each to put Michigan up one.

Raymar Morgan ended the mini-run with a layup to put the Spartans back up 16-15, but Michigan continued to ride the mini-run over the middle of the half to build its biggest lead of the contest, a seven point deficit.

Anthony Wright put Michigan back on top with his first points of the game, a three-pointer. Manny Harris then scored five straight to spot Michigan a 23-16 lead.

The Spartans, though, ended the half on a 9-4 run to trim Michigan's edge to just 27-25 at the break. Michigan got two more each from Harris and DeShawn Sims.

Harris and Sims combined to score 35 of Michigan's 56 points. Michigan State got 20 from Morgan, plus 12 from Kalin Lucas and 10 each from Draymond Green and Durrell Summers.

With the loss the Wolverines fall to 10-10 on the season and just 3-5 in Big 10 play. Saturday the Wolverines look to rebound with a 4:30 tilt against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday at Crisler Arena.

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