Michigan State: 89, Michigan: 73
No. 10 Michigan State Spartans, who hold their record at 20-4 for the 2015-2016 season, were victorious over the unranked University of Michigan Wolverines, who now have a record of 17-7, today. The Spartans played in Ann Arbor, so of course those in attendance were mostly dressed in all maize and blue, but that didn’t stop Michigan State.
In the first half, the Spartans led 29-15 with 7:15 left and then 38-22 at the 1:28, showing how they held the lead for the whole game. Bryn Forbes made seven three-pointers and had a total of 23 points. Valentine had 12 points, five rebounds and five assists, helping MSU to lead Michigan 44-28 at halftime.
For Michigan in the first half, Derrick Walton Jr. provided the Wolverines with some confidence and put them back in the game by making a few three’s. Although the Spartans still led the game, one of Walton’s three-pointers inched closer to MSU and put the score at 38-25.
Bryn Forbes was the star of today’s game for the Spartans with seven three-pointers in the first half, serving as a huge contributor for Michigan State and their tremendous point lead. Rebounding, shooting and breakaway dunks were what kept MSU so far above Michigan, including Matt Costello’s dunk to make the score 50-31 at 17:12 in the second half.
In the second half, the Spartans led 56-37 at 14:16, where Forbes continued his three-point shooting and Denzel Valentine helped the team with assist after assist. Matt McQuaid, a freshman guard, and Marvin Clark Jr., a sophomore forward, also hit some three-pointers for Michigan State.
With the score at 64-42 MSU with 10:52 left in the second half, D.J. Wilson, Andrew Dakich, Zak Irvin (who recently recovered from back surgery) and Aubrey Dawkins decided to step up their game for the Wolverines. Andrew Dakich hustled to get the ball at all costs and forward D.J. Wilson got a few rebounds and foul shots under his belt. Michigan also drew in an offensive foul from Matt Costello.
Both Michigan State and Michigan played a great game today with MSU leading by about 20 for majority of the time, although winning only by 16 in the end. Next, Michigan State will play Purdue on February 9th in West Lafayette, Indiana and University of Michigan will play Minnesota on February 10th.
Michigan State University 2019
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