BTN.com staff, February 12, 2013
Gary Harris scored 17 points and Derrick Nix had 14 to help No. 8 Michigan State rout No. 4 Michigan 75-52 on Tuesday night, the rivalry's first matchup of top 10 teams. The Spartans (21-4, 10-2 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie in the conference with No. 1 Indiana.
The Wolverines (21-4, 8-4) have lost three of four, but the closely contested setbacks on the road against the Hoosiers and Wisconsin were nothing like the latest.
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Michigan State didn't trail once, led by as many as 16 points in the first half and enjoyed 30-point leads in the second half.
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FINAL: No. 8 Michigan State pulled out a stunning 75-52 victory over No. 4 Michigan on Tuesday at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing. Michigan State (21-4) dominated Michigan (21-4) en route to the victory, shooting 48 percent from the field. Even in defeat, Trey Burke came through for the Wolverines with 18 points, four assists, 7-of-11 shooting from the field, and 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Derrick Nix sparked the Spartans, as he contributed 14 points, hauled in five rebounds, had three assists, and knocked down 6-of-9 shot attempts for Michigan State in the game. The Spartans were able to secure 18 offensive boards. Michigan State also got double-digit efforts from Gary Harris (17 points), Keith Appling (11) and Branden Dawson (10).
HALFTIME: No. 8 Michigan State took full advantage of the stellar combination of Derrick Nix and Gary Harris, ending the first half against No. 4 Michigan up 36-24. Nix scored 10 points and shot 4-of-5 from the field, while Harris scored 11 points and hit 3-of-5 three-point tries. The Spartans, who have outrebounded the Wolverines 20-12, led from the start and led by as many as 16 points. Through 20 minutes of action, a major weapon for the Spartans has been shut down, as Michigan has kept Keith Appling in check (3 points). After already giving up eight offensive rebounds to Michigan State, the Wolverines will have to keep the Spartans off the boards in the second half. Michigan's Trey Burke already has 10 points and three assists.
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