Michigan Drops Road Game at Ninth-Ranked Michigan State
Zack Novak

Feb. 5, 2012

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• Players Postgame: Zack Novak | Stu Douglass | Trey Burke

Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)
Score: #9 Michigan State 64, #23 Michigan 54
Records: U-M (17-7, 7-4 Big Ten), MSU (18-5, 7-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Feb. 8 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 7:30 p.m. CST (TV: BTN)

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 23 AP, No. 22 ESPN/USA Today) had its three-game winning streak against Michigan State (No. 9 AP, No. 10 ESPN/USA Today) snapped as the Wolverines fell, 64-54, on Sunday (Feb. 5) at the Breslin Center. U-M shot 40 percent (19-of-48) from the floor in the game, but MSU enjoyed a 52 percent (24-of-46) shooting game.

Senior guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) tied for game-high honors with 14 points, while junior/sophomore forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) and freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) chipped in 11 apiece.

Michigan State had three scorers in double digits as well, but rebounds proved to be the difference in the game, with senior forward Draymond Green recording 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead MSU to a 40-16 rebounding advantage. The Spartans tallied 16 second-chance points off 12 offensive rebounds.

With the game tied five-all at the 13:44 mark in the first half, the Spartans went on a 10-2 run over the next 4:30 to take an eight-point lead, 15-7. The teams exchanged baskets until Michigan State used another 6-0 run to push its lead to 14 with 4:49 to play.

Back-to-back three-pointers by senior captains Novak and Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel), followed by a layup by Morgan, cut the deficit to single digits at the 1:56 mark before the Spartans hit a jumper with 14 seconds left. However, as time ran out, Burke answered with a long three-pointer, and the Wolverines entered the locker room trailing 30-22 at the half.

Michigan shot 39 percent (9-of-23) from the floor in the first half, while Michigan State converted 59 percent (13-of-22) of its shots. U-M also struggled on the boards and trailed in the rebounding battle, 16-7.

Michigan faced a 16-point deficit, 42-26, with 13 minutes to play in the second half, but the Wolverines kept chipping away at the Spartans' lead to get within eight at the 7:26 mark. However, U-M was unable to make a field goal over the next 4:53, as MSU went on a 10-1 run to earn its largest lead (17). Michigan's defense held the Spartans without a field goal for the last 2:46 of the game and outscored MSU 14-7 to cut the final deficit to 10.

The Wolverines will return to floor on Wednesday (Feb. 8) when they travel to Nebraska. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. CST, and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

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