​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. 


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.