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Nix sparks Spartans, Michigan State defeats Texas 67-56

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Derrick Nix and the Spartans defeated Texas 67-56 Saturday Afternoon.
Derrick Nix and the Spartans defeated Texas 67-56 Saturday Afternoon.

East Lansing, MI (WKZO) – Behind Derrick Nix season high 25 points, #20 Michigan State Spartans rallied back from a five point halftime deficit to take down the Texas Longhorns 67-56 Saturday Afternoon at the Breslin Center.

Michigan State trailed 33-28 at the break, but scored the first eight points of the 2nd half to take the lead, and eventually increased their lead to 10 points, 54-44 with 9:13 remaining.

Texas fought back, decreasing the Spartans lead to two at 56-54 but could only score two more points the final 4:45 of the game.

Nix also recorded a game high 11 rebounds for his 2nd double-double on the season.

Keith Appling and Adreian Payne each finished in double figures for the Spartans (11-2), who have now won six in a row.

Julien Lewis finished with 16 points topping the scoring charts for the Longhorns (7-5)  

The Spartans are off until December 31st when they open Big Ten Play against #13 Minnesota.

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