|Mateen Cleaves battles for a loose ball against Wisconsin.|
Jan. 8, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Mateen Cleaves scored 11 of his 14 points during a 23-9 spurt at the start of the second half Thursday to lead Michigan State to a 63-40 victory over Wisconsin.
The Spartans led by a point at halftime and hit 11 of 20 shots from the field in the second half as they outscored the Badgers 40-19.
Michigan State (9-3, 2-0 Big Ten), which leads the Big Ten in field-goal defense and scoring defense, held the Badgers (8-7, 1-2) to a season-low in points and field-goal percentage (27.9).
Jason Klein led Michigan State with 15 points and freshman Andre Hutson added 12.
Andy Kowske and Brian Vraney each led Wisconsin with eight points.
The Spartans led 29-26 after a free throw by Wisconsin's Booker Coleman with 16:22 to play in the second half, but Michigan State then went on a 17-4 run to lead 46-30 with 8:40 left. Cleaves, who also had nine assists, capped the spurt with a 3-pointer and a layup after a steal.
Both teams struggled from the field in the first half. Wisconsin made only 5-of-23 field-goal attempts, while Michigan State shot 8-for-24, but three of the Spartans' baskets came in the final 1:32 of the half.
Klein's three ended a six-minute scoring drought by the Spartans. DuJuan Wiley then converted a conventional three-point play to cut the Badgers' lead to 21-20 and Klein connected on a three-pointer with 4.6 seconds left in the half to send the Spartans off with a 23-21 advantage.