Big Games from Novak, Morris Send U-M to Triumph at No. 25 MSU

Jan. 27, 2011

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Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)
Score: Michigan 61, #25 Michigan State 57
Records: U-M (12-9, 2-6 Big Ten), Michigan State (12-8, 4-4 Big Ten)
Attendance: 14,797
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 30 -- vs. Iowa - Care Package Drive (Crisler Arena), 4 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Junior guard Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) hit a three-pointer with 22 seconds remaining to seal a 61-57 victory for the University of Michigan men's basketball team at Michigan State (No. 25 AP/NR ESPN/USA Today) on Thursday (Jan. 27) inside the Breslin Center. Michigan snapped its six-game slide in the win, leaving the Breslin Center with a road victory over its in-state rival for the first time since Jan. 25, 1997, almost 14 years to the day.

U-M shot 50 percent from the field (23-of-46) and 47 percent from three-point range (10-of-21) in the contest. Junior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) led the team with 19 points, tying a career high with six three-pointers, while sophomore guard Darius Morris (Los Angeles, Calif./Westward) added 17 points and eight assists and freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) rounded out the scoring with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Michigan trailed 16-11 early until Novak hit triples on three straight possessions to put the Wolverines ahead for the rest of the game. The Wolverines went into the locker room at intermission up, 33-27, thanks in large part to Novak and Morris, who combined for 23 points in the first half. Michigan's defense used different defensive sets throughout the game, employing man-to-man, the 2-3 zone and the 1-3-1 zone defense at times, which forced the Spartans into eight first-half turnovers, and 12 for the game.

The Wolverines roared out of the locker room in the second half on an 8-0 run, extending their lead to 14 (41-27). The Spartans then went on a 15-7 run over the next six minutes, cutting the Michigan lead to six (48-42). U-M went cold for the next three minutes until Morris hit a running floater in the lane, extending the lead to 51-42 with 8:08 to play.

The Spartans cut the deficit to five points with 4:41 to play off a three-pointer in transition by Keith Appling. Douglass answered on the next possession out of a timeout, hitting a jumper to put Michigan up 57-50 with 4:11 remaining.

With under two minutes to play, Michigan State senior Kalin Lucas converted an old-fashioned three-point play to bring the Spartans within two at 57-55. The score stayed the same until Douglass' clutch shot, which came after Morris drove the lane and forced the Spartans to collapse, leaving Douglass open on the outside.

Michigan State missed three straight three-point field goals its next time down the floor, but added a tip-in off the final miss with 2.7 seconds left in the game by Draymond Green. The Wolverines inbounded the ball to Morris, who was fouled and sent to the line with just one second remaining. He then proceeded to hit his first free throw on the one-and-one, sealing the win for Michigan.

Michigan returns to Crisler Arena on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 30), hosting Iowa. The game will tip off at 4 p.m. and be televised by the Big Ten Network.

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