Wolverines upset Spartans to take first place

EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN

With just over three minutes to play, Michigan Wolverines (15-4 7-0 Big 10) Guard Nik Stauskas hit a three pointer to tie up the game, and start a 10-0 run Saturday night. Stauskas and freshman Derrick Walton Jr. both scored 19 points, as the Wolverines would defeat the third ranked Michigan State Spartans (18-2 7-1) and take first place in the highly competitive Big 10.

The Spartans were without Center Adrian Payne and many other key players. They were led by Gary Harris who scored 27 points on 9 for 15 shooting from the field. Harris also made a crucial 3 with 20 seconds to play on order to keep his team within 3. But free throws by Walton Jr. and Caris LeVert would seal the deal for the Wolverines.

The Wolverines would take control early scoring 10 if the first 12, but the Spartans would get back in it and eventually take the lead before the half. The Spartans would hold the lead for majority of the second half, but the Wolverines would stay close and never get the lead get bigger than 7. The Spartans would hold the lead until the Stauskas shot.

With the win, the Wolverines have now defeated top 10 opponents in 3 straight games, and remain undefeated in conference play. They now take first place in the Big 10, and win their first game in East Lansing in 15 years.

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