MSU Spartans
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Jan. 26, 1997

Spartans fall to Wolverines 74-61

                           1st  2nd   TOTAL
Michigan (13)               30   44      74
Michigan St                 30   31      61

Maurice Taylor scored 18 points and number 13 Michigan broke open a close game midway through the second half to defeat Michigan State, 74-61, in a non-conference game between Big Ten rivals.

Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock added 14 points apiece and Maceo Baston had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Wolverines (14-5), who have won seven of their last nine meetings with Michigan State.

Ray Weathers scored 14 points and Jon Garavaglia added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans (11-5).

For the first time since the 1949-50 season, the schools met in a game that won't count toward the Big Ten standings. Because of the addition of Penn State to the conference, the longtime rivals face each other only once in games that count in the Big Ten race. They play each other again February 2nd at Michigan in a game that will count in the conference standings.

With the game still tight in the second half, Baston and Bullock scored four points apiece in a 15-4 Wolverines run to take their biggest lead at 51-38 with 11:59 remaining. Michigan held the Spartans without a basket for 4:15 during that span until Jason Klein made a three-pointer with 11:45 to cut the deficit to 51-41.

The Spartans closed to 56-52 on a basket by Antonio Smith with 6:50 to play, but Bullock hit a three and Jerod Ward had a steal and layup to push the lead back to nine with 6:01 to go.

"Bullock's three got us off the canvas and back into the fight," Michigan coach Steve Fisher said. "We spurted with our defense and rebounded with our size."

Garavaglia's basket cut the Michigan lead to 61-54 with 5:32 to play, but Traylor had two buckets to build the lead to 11 with 3:53 remaining.

Taylor made 5-of-9 shots from the field and grabbed seven rebounds despite playing only 20 minutes because of foul trouble.

"I don't think no one's gonna stop me 1-on-1 unless you play zone and double me," Taylor said. "I really can score at will. All of our post players are like that."

The Wolverines shot 43 percent (25-for-58) from the field, and grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, helping them to a 46-40 edge on the boards.

"We dug down, put pressure on the perimeter people and shooters, and I was just disappointed in our rebounding," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "We were in position, and they seemed to jump over us, or Traylor, with his weight, would move us out of the way."

Michigan State made 23-of-61 (38 percent) shots and committed 18 turnovers, leading to 19 Michigan points.

MICHIGAN COACH STEVE FISHER
"It was hard-fought, as expected, and it was not expertly played, as expected. But I think two teams who vere a lot better than they were last year. It's also two teams with mutual respect for each other -- there's none of that hatred like there used to be.

"We spurted with our defense and rebounded with our size. They took away Bullock, but we got more touches and baskets in the post like we needed.

"Maurice (Taylor) played like he had earlier in the season. Confidence is fragile, but he had that energy that we need from him.

"Robert Traylor is our emotional leader. He's not afraid to grab a guy's shirt when they're not playing hard.

"Michigan State did a good job in the second half. They got the ball inside with Garavaglia, something we wanted to do (get the ball in the post).

"We managed to hang on. Bullock's three when they were making their run -- it got us off the mat and back in the game.

"We had to deal in the present, and the present was Michigan State, b!iat happened in Indiana is history. I don't think the Indiana game had anything to do with our effort tonight.

"You're excited and you feel good to come in here and win. It won't count in the (Big Ten) standings, but it'll count in our standings."

MSU HEAD COACH TOM IZZO
"I thought we played well in the first half. It was the kind of game we thought it would be; we thought it would be physical, and played hard by both teams.

"It seemed in the key possessions, they got all the putbacks, and some of that was that we were a bit undermanned, and some of it was due to our mistakes. We didn't defend as well on the things we had worked so hard on. When they got it inside, they knew what to do with it. They got it up and got some dunks and tip-ins, but overall I was please with the way we defended the post.

"We dug down, put pressure on the perimeter people and the shooters, and I was just disappointed in our rebounding. We were in position, and they seemed to jump over us, or Traylor, with his weight, would move us out of the way, so that's something we'll continue to work on.

"We were in a position to win the last two games, and just aren't ready to make the big plays when we need them. But, we'll get better on that. Our job is to prepare for Purdue, stop a two-game slide and get ready to face Michigan again next week.

"I'm pleased we are making some progress, but it's very disappointing to play so hard for two straight games and have nothing to show for it. Our job is to win basketball games."

Jan. 25, 1997 
NCAA BB  FINAL               1ST 2ND     TOTAL
         MICHIGAN (13)        30  44       74
         MICHIGAN ST          30  31       61    FINAL
 HIGH SCORERS:  MICHIGAN - MAURICE TAYLOR 18, ROBERT TRAYLOR 14,
                LOUIS BULLOCK 14
                MICHIGAN ST - RAY WEATHERS 14, JON GARAVAGLIA
                13, MATEEN CLEAVES 8
 HIGH REBOUND:  MICHIGAN - MACEO BASTON 11, ROBERT TRAYLOR 9
                MICHIGAN ST - JON GARAVAGLIA 11, MATEEN CLEAVES 7
 HIGH ASSISTS:  MICHIGAN - LOUIS BULLOCK 2, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 1
                MICHIGAN ST - MATEEN CLEAVES 6, RAY WEATHERS 4
   ATTENDANCE:  15,138
                                                                        
MICHIGAN (74)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
M Taylor        20   5-9   8-9   3-7  0  5   18
Ward            25   1-8   1-2   1-6  1  0    3
Traylor         30  6-13   2-6   4-9  1  5   14
Bullock         32   5-8   2-6   0-2  2  3   14
Conlan          34   1-3   2-3   2-7  1  2    4
Hughes          31   2-6   4-9   1-2  1  2    9
Baston          27  5-11   2-2  5-11  0  4   12
Vignier          1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 25-58 21-37 16-44  6 21   74
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Percentages: FG-.431, FT-.568. 
3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Ward 0-3, Bullock 2-3, Conlan 0-1,
Hughes 1-3). 
Team rebounds: 1. 
Blocked shots: 2 (Ward, Traylor). 
Turnovers: 11 (Baston 3, M Taylor 3, Bullock 2, Conlan, Hughes, Traylor).
Steals: 6 (Baston 2, Bullock, Hughes, M Taylor,
Ward).
MICHIGAN ST (61)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Smith           33   2-3   1-6   3-6  1  2    5
Peterson        23   3-6   0-0   1-4  2  1    6
Garavaglia      33  5-14   3-4  3-11  1  2   13
Weathers        29  5-13   1-2   2-3  4  1   14
Cleaves         26  4-14   0-1   2-7  6  1    8
Kelley          17   0-4   3-4   0-1  2  0    3
Mull             9   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
Thomas           1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Polonowski       8   2-3   1-2   1-2  0  0    5
Granger          1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Klein           15   2-4   0-0   0-1  0  2    5
Wiley            5   0-0   2-2   1-2  0  1    2
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TOTALS         200 23-61 11-21 13-38 16 10   61
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Percentages: FG-.377, FT-.524. 
3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Garavaglia 0-1, Weathers 3-9, Cleaves
0-4, Kelley 0-1, Klein 1-3). 
Team rebounds: 2.
Blocked shots: 3 (Smith, Peterson, Klein).
Turnovers: 18 (Cleaves 4, Smith 3, Klein 2, Mull
2, Peterson 2, Polonowski 2, Weathers 2, Garavaglia). 
Steals: 3 (Garavaglia 2, Kelley).
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Michigan           30   44  -   74
Michigan St        30   31  -   61
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Technical fouls: None.  
A: 15,138. 
Officials: Verl Sell, Sam Lickliter, Sid Rodeheffer.
                                                                        

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