Michigan State Falls to Michigan, 75-64, in Big Ten Semifinals
NEW YORK - Michigan State's men's basketball team led at halftime, but fell behind in the second half and could not come back, falling to Michigan, 75-64, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The loss ends a 13-game win streak for the Spartans, who are now 29-4 overall and await next week's NCAA Tournament selections. Michigan improves to 27-7.
MSU had a 29-26 lead at the break, but Michigan used an early 11-2 run to take a 36-31 lead on a jumper from Moritz Wagner at the 15:42 mark.
The Spartans would pull to within two points on three occasions, the last after a 3-pointer from junior guard Matt McQuaid that made it 42-40 with 11:09 to play.
MSU fell behind by nine points, 59-51, after free throws from Wagner with 3:49 to play, but another 3-pointer from McQuaid cut it to 59-54 with 3:22. Michigan answered with a 3-pointer from Mohammed-Ali Abdur-Rahkman to push the lead back to nine points and MSU could not close the gap.
Michigan jumped out quickly and had a 13-4 lead after a 3-pointer from Charles Matthews, but the Spartans went on a 12-0 run and tied the game on three free throws from sophomore guard Cassius Winston and took the lead on a dunk from senior forward Gavin Schilling with 11:43 on the clock.
The lead changed hands four more times and there were two ties in the final 11 minutes of the first half.
The Spartans trailed 26-24 with 2:30 on the clock when sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges hit a 3-pointer and a dunk from freshman forward Xavier Tillman gave MSU a 29-26 lead at halftime.
Miles Bridges scored 17 points and had seven rebounds to lead three players in double figures, while freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. added 13 points and seven rebounds and sophomore guard Cassius Winston added 11 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Michigan State shot only 38.1 percent from the floor (24-of-63) and hit only 28.0 percent of its 3-pointers (7-of-25).
The Spartans were out-rebounded, 36-33, by Michigan State.
When sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges hit a 3-pointer in the first half, he became the 49th player in program history to pass the 1,000-point mark for his career.
Bridges is the fifth player in MSU history to reach 1,000 points in two years.
Bridges scored in double figures for the 28th time this season.
Cassius Winston scored in double figures for the 27th time this season.
Michigan State now has a 1-1 record against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament.
Michigan State will enter the NCAA Tournament with a 29-4 record and awaits the selection show on Sunday, March 11.