No. 4 Michigan State Falls to Michigan, 82-72
Jackson and Bridges lead the Spartans with 19 points apiece.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State used a second half run to take a one-point lead, but fell behind by eight points late and could not overcome the deficit en route to an 82-72 loss to Michigan at the Breslin Center on Saturday afternoon.
Michigan State falls to 16-3 overall and 4-2 overall in the Big Ten Conference with the loss, while Michigan improves to 13-4 overall and 4-2 in league play.
Sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds and had five assists, while freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 19 points and had six blocks. Sophomore guard Cassius Winston chipped in 11 points.
MSU led by three points, 37-34, at the break and took its biggest lead just seconds into the second half on free throws from Jackson Jr. at the 19:44 mark. Michigan responded with an 8-0 run and took a 42-39 lead on a dunk from Isaiah Livers. The Spartans countered back and took a 44-42 lead on a conventional three-point play from Jackson Jr. with 15:23 to play.
Like the first half, the lead bounced back and forth, with UM taking a 54-49 lead before MSU scored six-straight points to take a 55-54 lead after a pair of Jackson Jr. free throws. Michigan responded with an 11-2 run and took a 65-57 lead on a jumper from Zavier Simpson with 5:05 to play.
The Spartans cut the gap to four points after a three-point play from Jackson Jr., 65-61, but the Wolverines pushed the lead back to eight points after a layup from Matthews with 2:29 to play.
The Spartans used a 7-2 run over the final 4:11 of the first half to take a 34-27 lead at the break, connecting on 56.5 percent of their field goals.
The first half was back and forth with nine ties and nine lead changes. Michigan had a pair of five-point leads, the last coming after a Charles Matthews layup with 8:48 to play that made it 23-18.
MSU trailed, 32-29, with 4:11 to play before starting a late run to take the lead. Six-straight points - free throws from Gavin Schilling and Winston and a jumper from Winston - gave MSU a 35-32 lead. The Wolverines cut it to 35-34 but a dunk from Schilling with 41 seconds left gave the Spartans a three-point lead at the break.
Michigan State is off until Friday, Jan. 19, when Indiana visits the Breslin Center.