Spartans fall to Michigan at home

Spartans fall to Michigan at home

Wolverines break out to take rivalry game late behind freshman Walton

A battle of teams undefeated in conference play between in-state rivals was everything it should have been.

Gary Harris had a career-high 27 points for Michigan State, but it wasn't enough to out do great free-throw and 3-point shooting from Michigan.

The Wolverines used 25 of 30 free-throw shooting and 58 percent 3-point shooting to edge Michigan State 80-75 at Breslin Center on Saturday.

Nik Stauskas had 19 points and hit 5 of 6 3-pointers and Caris LeVert had 17 points to key the Wolverines, but it was freshman Derrick Walton that made the difference.

With the game tied 60-60 with 4:01, Walton had 10 of his 19 points.

Alvin Ellis had a career-high for Michigan State with 12 points, hitting all four shots with two from 3-point range.

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