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Harris leads the way as Michigan State crushes Michigan

The Sports Network

2/13/2013 12:03:34 AM

East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) - Freshman Gary Harris scored 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range as eighth-ranked Michigan State dominated rival No. 4 Michigan, 75-52, in the series' first-ever Top-10 matchup.

Derrick Nix netted 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and Keith Appling added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Spartans (21-4, 10-2 Big Ten), who have won four straight and 10 of their last 11 games overall.

Trey Burke had 18 points, four assists and three steals for the Wolverines (21-4, 8-4), who have lost two straight and three of their last four games overall following a 20-1 start to the season. Nik Stauskas was the only other Michigan player in double-digits with 10 points in the setback.

Caris LeVert nailed a jumper to bring the visitors within 20-15 with 11:05 remaining in the first half, but that's the closest the contest stayed until things quickly, and abruptly changed.

Michigan State utilized a 15-4 surge as Matt Costello's layup with just under three minutes before the half made it 35-19. Michigan failed to register any points for a full five minutes during the stretch -- until Burke's layup with at the 6:05 mark -- before entering the break down and out, trailing 38-24.

Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan's second leading scorer at 16 points per game, struggled all night and didn't find the scoreboard in the first half -- shooting 0-for-6 from the floor, including 0-of-4 from downtown.

The 38 points surrendered at halftime were the most allowed by Michigan all season long, while MSU's Nix and Dawson had 10 and eight points, on a combined 8-of-10 shooting from the floor, respectively.

The domination continued into the second half, as the Spartans increased the margin to 52-31 off Nix's layup a little under seven minutes in.

It got even worse for Michigan as the game winded down and Keith Appling's free throw capped off an 18-8 surge which made it 70-39 with still over five minutes remaining.

Hardaway finished with two points on 1-of-11 shooting, while the remaining Michigan starters, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III, managed just four and two points, respectively, in the disappointing defeat.

Game Notes: The Wolverines' three previous losses coming into the contest came by a combined total of 14 points ... Michigan State has won 32 of its last 33 at home ... The Spartans have a 6-3 edge in matchups when both teams are ranked... MSU has found victory in 13 of the last 14 matchups at Breslin Center ... MSU was the third Top-10 opponent Michigan has faced in its last four contests.