Jan. 27, 2011
With the victory, Michigan is now 92-74 (85-71*) all-time against Michigan State. The Wolverines are now 36-46 all-time on the road against the Spartans.
The victory was Michigan's first against Michigan State under John Beilein, who is 1-4 against Michigan State as U-M head coach.
Michigan's victory snapped a four-game losing streak against Michigan State and an 11-game losing streak against MSU in East Lansing.
Michigan won at Michigan State for the first time since Jan. 25, 1997, when U-M was victorious, 74-61, in a non-conference game (U-M and MSU played just one time in Big Ten play in the 1996-97 season).
Michigan's win was its first Big Ten victory at the Breslin Center since Jan. 13, 1996, a 76-54 victory.
U-M's win over Michigan State was its first over a ranked opponent this season. The Maize and Blue has played six ranked opponents this season, including three top-10 ranked foes. Michigan defeated No. 15 Connecticut, 68-63, on Jan. 17, 2010, in its last win over a ranked foe, a span of 12 games against ranked opponents.
The Wolverines defeated Michigan State when the Spartans were ranked for the first time since Jan. 25, 2006, when U-M defeated No. 11 Michigan State, 72-67, at Crisler Arena. It was Michigan's first road win over a ranked Spartan team since Feb. 2, 1993, when U-M defeated No. 25 Michigan State, 73-69*, at the Breslin Center.
Michigan and Michigan State both had 29 rebounds in the contest, a game after the Wolverines were outrebounded, 38-13, by Minnesota (Jan. 22).
Zack Novak tied a career high with six made three-pointers. Novak was 6-of-8 from beyond the arc and had 18 of his 19 points from distance. Novak also had six three-pointers against Minnesota on Feb. 19, 2009.
Michigan shot at a 50-percent clip for both the first (13-of-26) and second (10-of-20) halves. It is the fourth time this season that the Wolverines have shot 50 percent or better from the field.
Darius Morris had a game-high eight assists. It is the ninth time this season that Morris has dished out eight or more assists.
Darius Morris played all 40 minutes for the first time in his career for a non-overtime game. Morris played 43 minutes in the overtime loss to Kansas on Jan. 9.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the team with eight rebounds on the night. Hardaway Jr. has either shared or led the Wolverines in rebounding in each of the past three games.
Michigan's bench outscored MSU's reserves, 11-2, led by Douglass' seven points.
Michigan State scored the first six points of the game (its largest lead). Michigan took the lead on a three-pointer from Zack Novak with 10:58 in the first half. Michigan did not trail the rest of the game and led by as many as 14 points (41-27).