March 7, 2010
Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)
Score: #11 Michigan State 64, Michigan 48
Records: U-M (14-16, 7-11 Big Ten), Michigan State (24-7, 14-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, March 11 -- vs. No. 9 Iowa - Big Ten Tournament First Round (Indianapolis, Ind.), 2:30 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team dropped its regular-season finale, 64-48, at Michigan State on Sunday afternoon (March 7) at the Breslin Center. Fifth-year senior forward Zack Gibson (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) led the Wolverines with 10 points, while senior forward DeShawn Sims (Detroit, Mich./Pershing) added nine points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Michigan State used a 12-0 first-half run and a 17-0 burst that stretched between the first and second halves to build an insurmountable lead over the Wolverines. U-M turned the ball over a season-high 19 times and shot just 34.9 percent (15-for-43) in the contest, including just 19 percent (4-for-21) from three-point range.
Both teams struggled out of the gate as the Wolverines made just one of their first six shots and the Spartans connected on just one of their first four opportunities from the floor. Following the first media timeout, a quick 5-2 Michigan State burst pushed the Spartans to a five-point lead, 9-4.
With the Michigan State lead still at five, the Spartans used a 6-0 run to push their lead to 11, 19-8, just past the midway point of the first half, forcing a U-M timeout. Following the timeout, the Michigan State run reached 12-0, holding the Maize and Blue scoreless for over five minutes, until sophomore guard Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) ended the drought with a triple.
Novak's trifecta sparked six straight points for the Wolverines, but Michigan State answered with the final seven points of the opening stanza to take a 32-14 lead into the break.
The Maize and Blue shot just 21.7 percent (5-for-23) in the first half, including 1-for-11 (9.1 percent) from beyond the three-point arc. Michigan State shot 41.4 percent (12-for-29) in the opening 20 minutes. Raymar Morgan had 13 points at the intermission for Michigan State to lead all scorers.
U-M committed 11 first-half turnovers; the Wolverines entered the contest averaging just 9.9 turnovers per game.
Michigan State opened the second half with a 10-0 run to push its advantage to 42-14 before the Wolverines got on the board with a pair of free throws from Gibson nearly four minutes into the half.
From that point, the Wolverines outscored Michigan State, 34-22, but the Spartans lead in the contest was never threatened.
Morgan finished with 22 points to lead Michigan State.
The Wolverines will next play No. 9 seed Iowa on Thursday (March 11) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2.