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Posted on Tue, Jan 17, 2012 : 10:33 p.m.

3 in a row: Michigan basketball hangs on for 60-59 win over Michigan State

By Nick Baumgardner


After carrying his team for much of its 60-59 win against Michigan State Tuesday at the Crisler Center, Michigan freshman point guard gets a lift off the court from freshman Max Biefeldt.

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This story has been updated.

For more than a decade, Michigan State controlled the local college basketball landscape.

But for now, anyway, it appears to be all Wolverines.

The 20th-ranked Michigan basketball team got a layup from Stu Douglass with 36.5 seconds to play Tuesday and a full-on defensive stop at the horn to secure its third straight victory over No. 9 Michigan State, 60-59, Tuesday at the Crisler Center.

"If you look in the past 10 or 12 years, it hasn't been much of a rivalry, they've been beating us pretty well," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "We're trying to win a Big Ten championship. And Michigan State is so good, and I admire them so much.

"But you've got to beat places you admire, you've got to do that to win a Big Ten championship."


Nick Baumgardner’s recap:

For the first time since 1998, the Michigan basketball team has a three-game winning streak over rival Michigan State. Trey Burke was dazzling again, dropping in a game-high 20 points and handing out a last-minute assist to senior Stu Douglass for the game-winning basket. In the first meeting between the two schools as ranked clubs since 1998, Michigan had the final laugh. And the rivalry between the two? It appears to be back at full strength.

One of the bigger pre-game matchups was Burke against MSU sophomore point guard Keith Appling. It was a matchup completely dominated by the Wolverine freshman. Burke led all scorers, made the game's biggest pass and played 37 minutes. Appling scored 10 points, but had four turnovers and four fouls, and according to MSU coach Tom Izzo, was exhausted after his 31-minute effort.

Michigan was out-rebounded 31-18, but was only out-scored 30-28 in the paint. MSU senior Draymond Green, who struggled in both Spartan losses to Michigan a year ago, finished the game with seven points and 11 rebounds, but committed five turnovers in 37 minutes.

"If you look in the past 10 or 12 years, it hasn't been much of a rivalry, they've been beating us pretty well. We're trying to win a Big Ten championship. And Michigan State is so good, and I admire them so much. But you've got to beat places you admire, you've got to do that to win a Big Ten championship."
Michigan coach John Beilein


Photo gallery

Michigan topples Michigan State thanks to its rising star, Trey Burke

Notebook: Back in the starting lineup, Stu Douglass hits another game winner and more notes

Post-game video: John Beilein and Tom Izzo MSU's Keith Appling 'had nothing left' down stretch

Boxscore | Top 25 scores | Big Ten scores
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The Wolverines' three-game winning streak in the series is their first since Michigan handed MSU five straight losses from 1996-98.

And as they've done for most of the season, the Wolverines relied heavily on their freshman point guard.

Trey Burke, who handed out the final assist to Douglass, led all scorers with 20 points, four rebounds and three assists to pace a Michigan (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) team that was 23-for-45 shooting.

He played 37 minutes, won the head-up matchup with Michigan State sophomore Keith Appling and appeared, for most of the night, to be the best player on the floor.

"I knew I had to make big plays," Burke said. "One of my jobs was to just make big plays tonight and to get the team where we wanted every time down on offense.

"I can't say I was the best player out there, there were just times out there I knew I had to make big plays for my team."

Senior captain Zack Novak finished with 10 points, while Tim Hardaway Jr. added 10 on 3-of-9 shooting.

Michigan State was paced by Derrick Nix's 13 points. Appling finished with 10 points, five assists and four turnovers.

"I had to play Keith Appling so many minutes that by the end he was just walking on his knees," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "I thought Michigan did some good things, they came out with a different lineup, and that helped them get off to a good start.

"When you're on the road, at your rival, come all the way back (to take a lead), have a chance to win the damn thing and don't do it at the end — that was really disappointing."

After playing one of its more efficient opening halves of the season, Michigan found itself up seven at the break and appeared to take control of the game early in the second.

Hardaway opened the half with a driving slam before Burke capped a 7-0 Michigan burst with a 3-pointer, making it 47-36 Wolverines and sending the sellout Crisler Center crowd into a frenzy with 12:17 to go in the game.

The Spartans, though, were far from dead.

Michigan State ripped off an 8-0 answer, moving within three after a Brandon Wood triple three minutes later.

The Wolverines answered with a jumper from Novak, but couldn't stop the bleeding, as Michigan State got a three-point play from Nix and a quick triple from Brandan Kearney, giving the Spartans their first lead of the game at 50-49 with 6:44 to play.

Michigan State, which ran its run as high as 16-2, eventually led by as many as four after another inside bucket from Nix made it 57-53.

The Wolverines made their final charge from there, though, getting a driving layup from Hardaway to make it a one-point game with 2:19 to play.

And after Burke collected an Appling miss with less than a minute to play, the freshman point guard raced toward the other end of the floor, finding Douglass underneath for an uncontested layup, making it 60-59 Michigan with 36.5 to go.

The Spartans had one final chance, but Michigan was able to defend for the full length of the shot clock, eventually forcing a missed runner from Green at the horn and sending the Wolverines into a mob-style celebration at midcourt.

"I had no idea (what happened)," Douglass said. "I thought (the shot clock buzzer went off), Zack started running toward the middle and everybody was screaming, I was like 'what are you guys doing, grab the ball.'

"But the game was over. It feels good."

Douglass, who started for the first time since Michigan's season opener, finished with nine points.

Michigan State out-rebounded Michigan, 31-18, but the Wolverines forced 14 Spartan turnovers.

Entering Tuesday's game, Izzo made headlines by declaring he had great respect for Michigan, but liked nothing about the school in Ann Arbor.

Beilein, meanwhile, was far less vocal, explaining how beating Michigan State was simply something his club needed to do.

But that doesn't mean the rivalry means anything less to him and his program.

On the contrary.

"This is simple," Beilein said. "If it means so much, to so many people, then it means a lot to me."

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 6:37 p.m.

Some thoughts about Michigan's win. Even though everyone hypes Dramont Green he was held to just seven points in a critical rivalry game. Must have been painful for Sparty to see Trey Burke out maneuver Green for two points around the basket. And their senior with time running down -- all he could do was take an off balance shot. Green was also involved in some key turnovers trying to feed the post which he better than State guards. Michigan had 4 ball handlers compared to 2 for state. Our offense looked much more fluid than State's. Trey Burke's performance was close to legendary, doubling the point scoring of two of our next highest scorers. If I were a rival coach watching the game, I would shut down Burke and see what happens. This is likely to occur when we go on the road on the road. Michigan is a feisty but very vulnerable. I've said before that we have no depth. Looking at the box score only five MI players received meaninful minutes. Come tournament time, this is not a formula for success.


Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 6:48 p.m.

Has anyone else noticed that the announcers tend to judge Hardaway, Jr. harshly for every missed shot, assignment, foul, word, breath he has/takes. There was a point last night where I wanted to mute my TV (but I live an AZ and don't have a radio broadcast).


Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 2:11 p.m.

this is it! the tide has turned! we OWN you, Sparty! we OWN this rivalry forevarrr! Ha, sorry, I was just channeling a little bit of what the MSU football program thinks after 4 consecutive wins. Super game, fun to watch, and an excellent start to what will hopefully be a revitatlized rivalry. Way to pull off a great victory, Blue!


Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 1:20 p.m.

As a U-M fan, it has been kind of embarrassing watching MSU own U-M over the years on the basketball court since Tom Izzo has been head coach. I attribute a lot of that dominance to MSU winning the recruiting battle in the state of Michigan during that timespan. I think they are still doing that for the most part, although U-M is getting better quality talent than they used to from elsewhere to even things out. It feels good to know that getting a win in Ann Arbor is an extremely tough task nowadays for any team in the country. Now, let's go get a few road wins to compliment the stellar homecourt play.


Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 2:54 p.m.

adding to 'a2roots' it is almost 16 years since the rollover-------february 17, 1996. those were LONG, sad years. hopefully those years are in the rear view mirror.


Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 1:28 p.m.

izzos initial years were not so good. Most were calling for his removal but his ass was saved by the rollover accident and cleaves subsequently going to msu. Without cleaves he would have been long gone.


Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 1:05 p.m.

So why wasn't crybaby izzo out in the handshake line after the game. Total lack of class. He owes the entire Michigian team an apology for this classless act. It was apparently said on tv he left for security reasons because the Michigan fans might rush the court. That is a bunch of crap. Michigan is always subjected to far more taunting and threatening behavior in east lansing than sparty is in Ann Arbor. Michigan has been thrashed up there but the coaches always have gone through the gauntlet. Any respect I had for izzo is gone.


Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 12:24 p.m.

Please don't base the team on what happens vs MSU. It's what the team does not what the other team does. That is path is for second tear teams to compare themselves to first class programs. Great job team!

roll tide

Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 12:12 p.m.

Great game!

Jim Pryce

Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 11:46 a.m.

This was a very entertaining game, & had a very good flow to it. It wasn't a free throw shooting contest. The officials let them play & it made for a fun watch.


Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 10:15 a.m.

Great victory, congrats M-Basketball team. Ironic that the M Basketball team has a winning streak over Sparty and a losing streak in football. We'll have to wait a while to right that ship. Good to see the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry is alive and well. Happy Maize and Blue Wednesday!


Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 6:55 a.m.

Ooh, ooh, I got an idea, you know how MSU fans like to come on our sites and simply post the score of this past seasons football score. Ahem, well I'll take 60-59 all day long and that 3 game win streak is pretty sweet too!!! Hey, MSU fans, come out, come out wherever you are, hahahahaha. See this is how you guys sound, I wanted to give you a taste of your own medicine.


Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 4:29 a.m.

This is the game where Trey Burke went from the #2 guy to the #1 guy. No disrespect to Hardaway. Our freshman point guard is just THAT good.


Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 4:10 a.m.

Not quite the basketball fan that I am the football fan, but beating Sparty 3 straight is pretty sweet. Go Blue!!!


Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 2:34 a.m.

Woooooo! Big 10 win Wolverines.. yea izzo>>draymond-the perfect sparty.. out of shape and overrated.. Go Blue! v


Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 2:30 a.m.

Wow, took Baumgardner long enough to post this story! Probably couldn't see thru his Sparty tears to see what he was typing!


Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 2:28 a.m.

What a terrific game! Well played on both sides, with tough defense and very few fouls. I would still like to see our guys driving more to the basket, but this was truly fun to watch and a great win. Go Blue. Fun also to see Denard Robinson having such a great time cheering with the Maize Rage.

Terry Star21

Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 2:25 a.m.

Not a basketball fan really, but watch some of the bigger ones. Apparently the 'home' field advantage is more crucial - makes sense because of the closeness of the fans to players. How else could M get run over by iowa a few days ago away and then spank msu at home - unless of course msu is highly 'over rated'.


Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 3:08 a.m.

Winning by 1 pt as they miss the winning shot at the buzzer is not quite a "spanking". That was a close and hard fought game. Any of the teams in the top 25 can beat each other on a given night, excepting perhaps the top two or three teams who truly set themselves apart. But you are exactly right, home court advantage is HUGE in the big ten this year. It probably always has been, but I really seem to be noticing it more this year.