East Lansing — Michigan State wanted nothing more than to give No. 12-ranked Maryland a loss as a welcoming gift to the Big Ten.
Instead, Michigan State's plan was foiled as it fell short to Maryland, 68-66, in double overtime Tuesday at Breslin Center in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
The loss was the first time under coach Tom Izzo that Michigan State lost a Big Ten opener at home, dropping its record to 7-1. It also snapped the Spartans' streak of 12 consecutive victories in Big Ten home openers.
"We just didn't do a very good job," Izzo said. "We just don't have the bodies and we tried. They kept rolling people in on us...We struggled but I still thought we did enough (to win) in the last 30 minutes of the game."
After Michigan State let a pair of late leads slip away in the waning seconds of regulation and overtime, Maryland jumped out to a 60-57 lead midway through the second overtime and the Spartans were never able to recover.
Alvin Ellis III hit a layup and was fouled, but missed the potential tying free throw to cut Maryland's lead to 60-59 with 1:48 left.
Maryland iced it by hitting eight straight free throws, six by Melo Trimble, in the final 1:30 to extend it to 68-63 before Travis Trice hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Maryland finished 26-of-32 from the free throw line, hitting 13-of-16 attempts in both the second half and overtime periods after not getting to the line at all in the first half.
"I'm not sure how we did it to be honest with you," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "(Michigan State) made it tough on us and we kept trying to figure out ways to score. Finally we figured it out just get to the foul line, spread it out and drive it a little bit."
Michigan State's first chance to seal the game came when it held a 48-45 lead with 11.6 seconds left in regulation after Matt Costello split a pair of free throws.
On Maryland's ensuing possession, Dez Wells hit a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left to tie it at 48-48. Denzel Valentine's half-court heave missed the mark and hit the back iron.
"It's my choice but I don't foul at the end," Izzo said. "Maybe I'll change. I haven't done it for 20 years and I've been pretty successful.
"We had a five-man switch and we switched, but we didn't switch out. With two seconds left, they were 2-for-19 from three, so I went with my odds. If I'm criticized for that, that's fine."
Then in overtime, Michigan State maintained a 55-51 lead after Costello hit two free throws and Bryn Forbes split a pair of free throws after Turgeon was assessed a technical foul with 1:52 left.
But like the end of the second half, Maryland responded as Jon Graham hit a layup and Wells sank two free throws to knot it, 55-55, with 1:05 left.
Michigan State (9-5, 0-1) held for the last shot but Forbes' 3-pointer from the corner came up short, sending it to double overtime.
"We had our chances and we didn't close the door," Izzo said. "Your best player has to play well and one of my best players (Denzel Valentine) was on the bench. That didn't help. We just didn't play well enough and execute well enough to win down the stretch."
Trice scored 26 for Michigan State, while Branden Dawson, Forbes and Costello each finished with nine points. Valentine fouled out in the first overtime and finished with four points on 1-of-9 shooting.
Trimble led Maryland (13-1, 1-0) with 17 points, and Wells added 16.
Prior to Tuesday's Big Ten opener, Michigan State and Maryland had a brief history with one another with the Spartans holding a 3-2 edge in the all-time series. But several of those clashes have been when the stakes were the highest.
The teams most recent meeting came in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament that featured four lead changes in the final 40 seconds. After Greivis Vasquez's runner gave Maryland an 83-82 lead with six seconds left, Korie Lucious nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the top of the arc to give Michigan State a dramatic 85-83 win over Maryland.
Before that, freshman Paul Davis hit the game-tying and game-winning baskets in the final minute to lift the Spartans to a 60-58 victory over defending-national champion Maryland in their 2003 Sweet 16 matchup.
"I don't know what it's like in the ACC but you'll find out there's a lot of rivalry games in the Big Ten," Izzo said. "I think this is a good game."
The two teams will meet again on Jan. 17 in College Park, Md.
...Michigan State will close out its seven-game home stand against Indiana at 7 p.m. Monday.
...The matchup was the first conference meeting between Maryland and Michigan State since Maryland left the Atlantic Coast Conference as a founding member. Maryland and Rutgers both accepted invitations to join the Big Ten in November 2012 and became official members at the start of the 2014-15 season.
…Tuesday's loss marks just the third time in Izzo's 20 years as head coach that Michigan State has lost five games before January. In Izzo's first season in 1995-96, The Spartans ended December with a 5-6 mark and in 2003-04 with a 5-5 mark. Michigan State went on to finish 16-16 overall (9-9, 7th Big Ten) and reach second round of National Invitation Tournament in 1995, and finished 18-12 overall (12-4, T-2nd Big Ten) before being knocked out in first round of NCAA Tournament in 2004.