Dec. 22, 2012
Michigan State and Texas battled in a close game as the lead changed seven times and the score tied three times.
The Spartans have won 69 of their last 70 non-conference home games, and 71-straight games vs. unranked non-conference opponents at Breslin.
Michigan State scored 30 points in the paint and 23 off turnovers while limiting Texas to only 16 and 13 respectively.
MSU out-rebounded Texas 36-32; the Spartans have out-rebounded all 13 of their opponents this season.
Derrick Nix notched his second double-double this season with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Nix also had a record night, setting career-highs in points (25), free throws (11), steals (4) and minutes played (32), as well as a season-high of field goals (7).
Michigan State shot 44.7 percent from the field, a season high for a Longhorn opponent. Previously, the highest percentage any team shot against Texas was .413.
Branded Dawson matched his season-best of 10 rebounds.
Keith Appling notched his ninth game this season and 40th game in his career scoring in double figures.
Travis Trice played a season-high of 25 minutes.
Michigan State recorded 10 steals, compared to 3 for Texas.