East Lansing, MI (WQLR) – The Spartans won the jump ball, scored on their opening possession and never trailed as Michigan State rolled the Michigan Wolverines 75-52, in the 170th meeting between the in-state rivals. Gary Harris scored 17 and Derrick Nix added 14 to lead the eighth ranked Spartans (21-4, 10-2).
Trey Burke had 18 for No. 4 Michigan, on 7 of 11 shooting, but the rest of the Burke’s teammates shot only 31% from the floor. The 52 points for Michigan was a season low. Michigan (21-4, 8-4) has now lost three of their last four contests, with all three losses coming on the road.
With Michigan committing almost as many turnovers in the first half, seven, as they average per game, nine, the Spartans were able to pull ahead to a 38-24 lead at halftime.
The second half didn’t get any better for Michigan, as they were outscored 37-28 in the final 20 minutes of play, and trailed by 30-plus at times.
With the win, MSU moves into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten, while Michigan slips two games behind MSU.
The two in-state rivals face off again in Ann Arbor on March 2nd.