Down by six points at halftime, the Michigan Wolverines came back to beat the Michigan State Spartans, 80-75, in an intense rivalry game played Saturday night at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI. The win improved the No. 21-ranked Wolverines to a 15-4 overall record on the college basketball season and placed them atop the Big Ten standings with a perfect 7-0 mark. The No. 3-ranked Spartans fell to 18-2 overall and 7-1 in the conference.
Nik Stauskas and Derrick Walton Jr. led the scoring for the visiting Wolverines, as the backcourt duo tallied 19 points apiece, while fellow guard Caris LeVert was close behind with 17 points. Stauskas was 5-6 from three-point range, and Walton Jr. sank eight free throws in the final 2:29 of the contest to help seal the win for U-M.
Michigan State played without two starters, Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne, each of whom was on the bench due to injury. Gary Harris helped pick up the slack and set a career high in the process, as the Spartan guard had 27 points.
Read more about the game in a recap on U-M's official athletic website, MGoBlue.com. The Wolverines travel back home to Ann Arbor to face the Purdue Boilermakers on Thursday, January 30. ESPN will televise the game from Crisler Center, with tipoff scheduled for 9:00 p.m. EST.