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Men's Hoops: MSU Routs UofM 75-52

Stefanie Pohl

Men's Hoops: MSU Routs UofM 75-52

CREATED Feb. 13, 2013

It was the first time the Spartans and Wolverines met on the basketball court as two Top 10-ranked teams, but No. 8 Michigan State was ready to prove something to No. 4 Michigan and the NCAA: they are one tough team.

Instead of the close, gritty game many fans from both sides expected, Michigan State routed the University of Michigan 75-52. At times in the second half, the Spartans had a cushion of over 30 points.

MSU freshman Gary Harris, still battling back spasms and an injured shoulder, put up 17 points, and was 5 for 9 behind the arc. Senior co-captain Derrick Nix had one of his best games, scoring 14 points and making big plays for the Spartans.

The Wolverines were held to a season low total points. In their previous three losses, they lost with a combined total of 14 points - Tuesday night's loss nearly doubled that figure.

The Spartan defense was agressive from the beginning, stifling the Wolverine offense and keeping Tim Hardaway Jr. scoreless until the opening minute of the second half. He didn't score again in the game, though he's averaged 16 points a game this season.

Trey Burke scored 18 points for Michigan.

The Wolverines have lost three of four, dropping further down in the Big Ten standings. With their victory, Michigan State broke a tie for first place with Indiana. Those two teams will meet in East Lansing next week Tuesday, following a road game against Nebraska.