Michigan shot down some demons last night, winning at Michigan State for the first time since 1997 with a 61-to-57 victory over the 25th-ranked Spartans. The upset at the Breslin Center snapped Michigan’s six game losing streak and also ended the Wolverine’s 11 game skid in East Lansing. Zack Novak led Michigan with 19 points, including a half-dozen three point shots. Darius Morris added 17 points for the Wolverines.
Michigan made 10 of its 21 three pointers, none bigger than the one Stu Douglass nailed from the wing with 20 seconds left in the game to put the Wolverines up by five.
The triple by Douglass was the dagger that killed a Michigan State run that brought the Spartans back to within two after they trailed 55-to-42 with 7:17 remaining. Kalin Lucas had a game-high 27 points for Michigan State.
Maybe the most telling statistic of the night was Michigan grabbing 29 rebounds, the same number of boards pulled down by the taller and stronger Spartans, who have slumped to 12-and-8 and 4-and-4 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines improved to 12-and-9 and 2-and-6 in league play.
It’s turned into a troubled year for Michigan State, which has fallen from number-2 in the nation in the pre-season polls to probably going unranked next week. And how will Tom Izzo deal with the aftermath of guard Korie Lucious being suspended this week for the rest of the season, which seemed headed for possible turmoil before it started when Chris Allen was dismissed from the team.
The Spartan’s next game is Sunday night at home against Indiana while Michigan hosts Iowa Sunday afternoon. Also last night in the Big Ten, Iowa upset number-21 Illinois 52-to-49.
In the MAC, Central Michigan lost at home to Miami, Ohio 68-to-58. Meanwhile, Oakland University held off visiting Oral Roberts 88-to-85, giving Oakland its eighth straight win.