The Michigan State Spartans were hosted by their in-state rivals the Michigan Wolverines at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. The two sides were tied for the top spot in the Big Ten, with both teams sporting 13-3 records entering the game.
The game was heavily contested throughout, but Tom Izzo's side was able to pull away late into the second half and earn themselves sole ownership of the No. 1 spot in the Big Ten. The Spartans took down the Wolverines 77-70 after shooting 50 percent from the field.
Michigan State was led in scoring by Cassius Winston who dropped 26 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the field and an impressive 12-for-13 from the charity stripe. He added eight assists and a pair of steals to his stat-line.
The Spartans had three other players reach double-digit scoring figures, with Kenny Goins (15 points), Xavier Tillman (14 points) and Matt McQuaid (13 points) all reaching the benchmark.
Your # 10 ranked Michigan State Spartans go on the road and upset #7 archrival Michigan Wolverines. 77-70. Hall of Fame head coach Tom Izzo simply out coached John Beilein. UM's 22 home game win streak snapped— Hondo Carpenter (@HondoCarpenter) February 24, 2019
The Wolverines snapped a 22-game home winning streak in the loss. They were led in scoring by Zavier Simpson who dropped 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Ignas Brazdeikis put up 16 points on 5-for-11 shooting.
Despite a late surge from the Wolverines they were unable to knock down clutch shots in the final minute of play and sent Winston to the free-throw line a handful of times. Jordan Poole missed a late shot which effectively sealed the Wolverines' fate.
Little brother strikes back.