Spartans Crush Wolverines 64-48

The Michigan basketball team concluded the regular season with a trip to the Breslin Center in East Lansing on Sunday afternoon. Michigan never got on track offensively as the Spartans pounded the Wolverines 64-48.

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan basketball team concluded its regular season with a Sunday game against the rival Michigan State Spartans at the Breslin Center in Lansing. Michigan scored just 14 first half points in the contest as the Spartans never trailed in a 64-48 rout of the Wolverines.

Manny Harris, who finished with just four points, finished 1-for-10 from the floor, and Michigan senior DeShawn Sims was limited to just nine points and nine rebounds. Zack Gibson led all Michigan scorers with 10 points, the lone Wolverines player to hit double digit scoring.

The Spartans first 10-point lead of the contest came just more then 10 minutes into the contest. After a Zack Gibson free throw cut the Spartans lead to 9-5 with 13:42 left in the half, Delvron Roe and Raymar Morgan combined to outscore the Wolverines 16-3 over the following six minutes to spot the Spartans an early 25-8 lead.

Zack Novak snapped the Spartan stretch with his first three-pointer, but Michigan wouldn't get back within 10 the remainder of the contest. Laval Lucas-Perry cut the lead to 25-14 with just over two minutes remaining in the half, but the Spartans ended the stanza on a 7-0 run to end the first 20 minutes with a 32-14 lead.

The first four minutes out of the break the No. 12-ranked Spartans continued to pour it on the visiting Wolverines. Morgan added four more to his game-high 22 points, plus Kalin Lucas and Isaiah Dahlman got into the act as MSU opened up a 42-14 lead.

Gibson again ended the Spartans run, this time scoring Michigan's first four points of the half, and Novak, Stu Douglass and Darius Morris all got on the board in the second half, but after a Novak three-pointer with 10:41 remaining, the Wolverines still trailed 54-31.

With less then five minutes left the Wolverines cut the lead under 20 points for the first time since the early Spartan second half run. Gibson's and-one dunk with 4:56 made the score 59-40.

The teams traded baskets over the final minutes with Michigan scoring the games final six points to trim the final margin to the 16-point difference.

The Wolverines finish the season with a record of 14-16, including a 7-11 mark in Big 10 action. The Big 10 Tournament will begin Thursday at the Conseco Field House in Indianapolis.

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