Jan. 10, 1998
Spartans Fall to U-M, 79-69
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Maceo Baston scored 23 points as No. 17 Michigan defeated Michigan State 79-69 Saturday, handing the Spartans their first Big Ten loss and snapping their five-game winning streak.
Jason Klein led Michigan State (9-4, 2-1) with 17 points, including 4-of-9 from 3-point range.
It was like a backyard brawl at times with plenty of trash-talking and physical play in this contest between familiar rivals. But the bottom line was that Michigan (13-4, 3-1) had a 19-12 edge in rebounding while the Spartans shot 9-of-27 in the first half, during which the Wolverines led by as many as 20 points.
Michigan finished the game with only a 36-33 rebound advantage, but the Spartans shot 36.8 percent (21-of-57).
The Wolverines have won five consecutive games against Michigan State, and nine of the last 11 meetings. The Spartans haven't won in Ann Arbor since a 73-71 victory Jan. 22, 1995, which was Tom Izzo's first year as head coach.
With football coach Lloyd Carr and Rose Bowl MVP quarterback Brian Griese sitting in the stands, Robbie Reid, Jerod Ward and Louis Bullock all hit 3-pointers as the Wolverines opened the game with an 18-6 burst.
A three-point play by Michigan State freshman Andre Hutson and a 3-pointer by Mateen Cleaves helped the Spartans close the gap to 20-12, but the Wolverines owned the remainder of the first half.
Robert Traylor, who finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, had three baskets - two dunks and a line-drive hook shot - to help Michigan take a 36-20 lead with 5:02 left in the half.
Baston, who had 17 first-half points, made one of two free throws to give Michigan its biggest lead, 41-21 with 2:29 left. A 3-pointer by Michigan State's A.J. Granger, a short jumper by Klein and two free throws by Cleaves helped the Spartans narrow it to 42-28.
Freshman Josh Asselin made a free throw and Baston tapped in a rebound just before the buzzer, sending Michigan off with a 45-28 halftime lead.
Michigan State, with Klein hitting two 3-pointers, opened the second half with an 18-10 run, cutting the gap to 55-46 with 10:56 remaining. The Spartans went the next 5:46 without a basket. They made only two baskets over the final 5:10, and the Wolverines had nothing but free throws over the final 4:02.
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