Spartans Get Past Michigan, 61-58
 
 
 
Lauren Aitch and Takeya Fortner celebrate during MSU's win over Michigan Thursday night at the Breslin Center.
 
Lauren Aitch and Takeya Fortner celebrate during MSU's win over Michigan Thursday night at the Breslin Center.
 
 

Jan. 31, 2008

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Allyssa DeHaan scored 15 points and sparked a 16-5 closing surge to lift Michigan State past Michigan 61-58 on Thursday night.

DeHaan had consecutive baskets to tie the game, blocked a shot then snapped a tie at 55 with two free throws for the Spartans (13-10, 5-6 Big Ten), who avoided being swept by the Wolverines (12-8, 5-5) for the first time since 1999-2000.

Mandy Piechowski had 12 points and Brittney Thomas 10 in a matchup of first-year coaches, with Michigan State's Suzy Merchant getting the best of Michigan's Kevin Borseth.

Stephany Skrba had 16 points and Carly Benson 13 for the Wolverines, who built a 53-45 lead by dominating inside with 46 points. That was the opposite strategy they used in a Jan. 13 win in Ann Arbor, when they hit 12 3-pointers.

The Spartans began their comeback with two free throws by Piechowski. Cetera Washington's putback gave Michigan State a 55-53 lead, but Krista Clement went end to end to tie the game.

DeHaan, an 80-percent foul shooter, put the Spartans ahead to stay with 59 seconds left, and Thomas made it 59-55 with two more free throws.

After a 3-pointer from Benson made it 59-58, Kalisha Keane hit two more foul shots with 7.6 seconds left. Michigan's last shot, an open 3-pointer from the right corner by Janelle Cooper, bounced harmlessly off the rim.