Poole's Last Second Jumper Leads Spartans over Michigan, 65-63
Feb. 5, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Porsche Poole was again the star for the Michigan State women's basketball team, this time hitting the game-winning shot with 3.9 seconds left and scoring a game-high 23 points, helping the Spartans win 65-63 at Michigan on Sunday. The win was the 11th straight by the Spartans over the Wolverines.
The Spartans begin the game with the first 11 points, behind three different players hitting a 3-pointer. Michigan responded with a 21-4 run to open up its largest lead of the game at 21-15 with 7:44 to go in the first half. MSU bounced back with a 11-2 spurt of its own to regain the lead and eventually take a 30-28 advantage into the break.
Michigan scored the first six points of the second half, to begin a half that included 10 ties and nine lead changes. The Wolverines led by four (63-59) with 1:58 left, but the Spartans held them scoreless from that point on. Two free throws by Poole and a layup by Lykendra Johnson with 53 seconds left tied that game at 63.
A defensive stop by MSU, set up Poole's heroics. As the game clock and shot clock wound down, Poole dribbled right off a high ball screen, stopping at the foul line and hitting a pull-up jumper with 3.9 seconds left. Michigan missed a halfcourt heave at the buzzer, giving MSU the win.
In addition to her game-high 23 points, Poole added a career high nine rebounds, a game-high five assists and two steals. L. Johnson added her eighth double-double of the season with 16 points, all in the second half, and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Klarissa Bell scored a career high 13 points and added a season high six rebounds, five of which were offensive.
The Spartans return to action on Thursday, hosting Northwestern at 6 p.m. on Big Ten Network.
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