MICHIGAN STATE ROLLS OVER MICHIGAN
Michigan State ended its four-game losing streak at Crisler Arena with an 80-67 victory.
Branden Dawson scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Travis Trice scored 22. Gavin Schilling added 10 points for the Spartans, who won their third straight in the series.
Zak Irvin scored 16 for the Wolverines while Spike Albrecht, Aubrey Dawkins and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 12 points each.
MICHIGAN STATE STILL LEADS LATE
Michigan is trying to put together a late surge as Zak Irvin hit a 3-pointer to cut the Michigan State lead to 66-55. But Branden Dawson got a put-back off a Travis Trice miss to push the lead back to 68-55 with 3:07 to play.
Dawson leads Michigan State with 21 points on 10-for-12 shooting while Trice has 16 and Gavin Schilling 10.
SPARTANS EXTEND LEAD OVER UM
Michigan State has weathered the second-half surge from Michigan and now leads 64-47 with 6:53 to play.
Branden Dawson continues to shine with 17 points on 8-for-9 shooting while Travis Trice has 16.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman has scored 10 in the second half for Michigan, but he hasn't scored in almost 10 minutes.
MICHIGAN STATE STILL IN CONTROL
Michigan State pushed its lead back 15 behind a 3-pointer from Trice and another jumper from Dawson. Trice and Dawson have each scored 16 for the Spartans and Dawson's only miss in nine shots was a dunk that shot off the back of the rim.
Michigan just got its first 3-pointer from Spike Albrecht but still can't seem to get over the hump, drawing to within 11 points several times.
ABDUR-RAHKMAN HEATING UP FOR UM
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman didn't take a shot in the first half for Michigan, so he decided he'd better get busy.
The Wolverines freshman has scored the firsts 10 points of the half for Michigan, including a pair of 3-pointers. But Michigan State hasn't let up and still holds a 46-33 lead with 14:51 to play as Branden Dawson and Gavin Schilling have scored four each.
MICHIGAN STATE IN CONTROL AT HALFTIME
The first half was all Michigan State as the Spartans raced to a 38-23 lead behind 11 points from Travis Trice and eight from Branden Dawson.
Trice was 4-for-7 from the field and hit his first three 3-pointers as the Spartans led by 19 at one point and shot 16-for-27 (59 percent) from the field.
Michigan struggled from the field, hitting just 8 of 22 and going 1-for-8 from 3-point range. Zak Irvin led the Wolverines with nine points and hit the only triple of the half while Spike Albrecht scored just four. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, who scored 18 in the first meeting with Michigan State, did not score in the first half and did not take a shot.
The Spartans are also ahead on the glass, outrebounding the Wolverines 17-11.
SPARTANS PUSH LEAD TO 19
Michigan State continues to roll and pushed its lead to 33-14 at one point, the biggest margin of the game.
The Wolverines have tried to chip away and finally got their first 3-pointer of the game from Zak Irvin.
But with 3:30 left in the first half, Michigan State still remains in control with a 35-19 lead.
TRICE CARRYING MICHIGAN STATE
Michigan State continues to shoot the ball well, going 5-for-11 from 3-point range to extend its lead to 27-13 with 7:16 left in the first half.
Travis Trice has hit 3 of 4 and has nine points while the Wolverines are 0-for-5 from 3-point range and just 4-for-13 overall.
TRICE HEATING UP FOR MSU
Michigan State has pushed its lead to 13-8, its biggest of the game. It got a spark off the bench from senior guard Travis Trice, who entered the game and immediately hit a 3-pointer.
Michigan has been limited to a pair of free throws from Spike Albrecht and is just 3-for-9 from the field.
MSU-UM START QUICKLY
It was a quick start for both teams as Michigan State took an 8-6 lead with 15:25 left in the first half. Four different players scored for the Spartans, who have missed only twice.
Zak Irvin has provided all of Michigan's scoring, getting free for a couple of layups in transition before beating Branden Dawson inside and getting the basket when Dawson was called for goaltending.
First place in the Big Ten isn't on the line, but that hasn't put a damper on the intensity at the Crisler Center on Tuesday night.
Michigan State and Michigan are set to square off with the Spartans hoping to end a four-game road losing streak in the series while the Wolverines are hoping to snap a four-game skid and keep alive slim postseason hopes.
Michigan will again play without guard Derrick Walton Jr., who will sit with a foot injury. The Wolverines are 1-5 with Walton out of the lineup, including three losses in overtime.
Michigan State will stick with the same starting lineup for the third straight game with freshman Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn starting at point guard and senior Travis Trice coming off the bench. The Spartans have used that lineup three times this season, winning all three games.