Michigan scores rare win at the Breslin

U-M remains unbeaten in Big Ten with win over shorthanded Spartans
AP Wire
Jan 25, 2014

With some swagger and a sweet stroke, Nik Stauskas lifted Michigan to a rare win at Michigan State.

Stauskas made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:12 left and finished with 19 points to lead the 21st-ranked Wolverines to an 80-75 win over the third-ranked Spartans on Saturday night to remain the only Big Ten team without a conference loss.

The sophomore shooting guard had four assists and unofficially had another one, separating coach John Beilein from a face-to-face argument with an official with 4:01 remaining.

"He was about to get a technical," Stauskas said.

Stauskas helped the usually mild-mannered Beilein from saying or doing something that might cost his team points just before the Wolverines (15-4, 7-0 Big Ten) went on a 10-0 run late in the game to take control.

"That's a great step in his leadership," Beilein said with a grin.

The Wolverines won for just the second time in 15 games at the Breslin Center.

Michigan is the first team since at least the 1996-97 season to win three straight games against top-10 teams in the regular season, according to STATS. The Wolverines, who had never pulled off that feat in school history, were coming off a win against No. 10 Iowa at home after beating then-No. 3 Wisconsin on the road.

"This is a great win for us because of who we were just able to beat," Beilein said. "It's one of the classiest, best programs in the country."

Freshman Derrick Walton Jr. scored a season-high 19 and Caris LeVert scored 17 for the Wolverines, who have won nine straight without standout center Mitch McGary.

The Spartans (18-2, 7-1) had won 11 straight since losing to North Carolina at home, but the streak was snapped by their rival soon after another injury-related setback.

"The better team won," coach Tom Izzo acknowledged.

Find more coverage of Saturday's game in Monday's Tribune.

Comments

tetrahydra

Hard fought game, big win for the maize and blue! I.continue to gain respect for Tom Izzo. He is just a stand up guy and a class act. I hope to see these kind of highly competitive games in the future.

Tri-cities realist

UM beat #3 on the road, then #10 at home, then #3 on the road. If that doesn't get them ranked in the top 10, something is wrong. Although I'm not sure they are overall a top 10 team, their play of late certainly is worthy.

Former Grandhavenite

Good game from both teams. This is hopefully a small bump in the road for MSU and they'll still be Big Ten champs and hopefully a lot more.

LIAMD

Sorry Tetra but Tommy is a whinny little BresCntr mob ringleader quite the opposite of how you describe. Yes he's a great coach and MSU is a legitimate program but when he lost to his rival at home the truth in 'stand up guy & class act' Tommy' showed up. Listening to Tommy was just comical ,complaining about the calls, make excuses about injury(guess M McGary doesn't count) and "guys he hadn't played in a month" shows victim status instead of class. "There is no program,coach or fan base in the country that gets more run out of their own inferiority complex than MSU".

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