Spartans Get Past Michigan, 61-58

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.