No. 5 Michigan State Hangs On
Jan. 26, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -Kalin Lucas made a go-ahead jumper with 3.5 seconds left, lifting No. 5 Michigan State to a 57-56 win over Michigan on Tuesday night.
DeShawn Sims had a shot roll off the rim on an alley-oop pass with 0.9 seconds left for the Wolverines.
The Spartans (18-3, 8-0 Big Ten) have won their first eight conference games for the first time in school history and have beaten their rival for 17th time in 20 meetings.
Michigan (10-10, 3-5) has lost three straight games for the second time this season and have to end the season with a remarkable run to earn a second straight at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after starting the season ranked 15th.
Sims scored 19 and Manny Harris, who didn't start after serving a one-game suspension, had 16 points.
Raymar Morgan had 20 points, Lucas scored 12 while Durrell Summers and Draymond Green each had 10.
Harris made a go-ahead layup with 3 minutes left, then had a steal and assist to put the Wolverines up by three points, but they shot airballs on their next two possessions.
Morgan scored inside off an assist from Green, who grabbed an offensive rebound, and Lucas followed with his game-winning shot from the right wing after Sims shot an airball.
Harris was on the bench for the first 3:12 of the game after serving a one-game suspension for an undisclosed incident in Friday's practice.
He didn't score early on in the game, but finished strong to give Michigan a chance to upset the Spartans.
Michigan led by as much as seven in the first half and was ahead 27-25 at halftime.
The Spartans went on an 8-0 run to go up 42-37 early in the second half after a handful of lead changes, but the Wolverines refused to concede.
Both teams took turns with the lead again late in the game and it looked like the Wolverines were going to get a second signature win - to go along with one over then-No. 15 Connecticut - but they couldn't make the shots or stops they needed in the last couple of minutes.
Michigan made just 33 percent of its shots, but scored 23 points off Michigan State's 18 turnovers.
The Spartans almost made half of their shots and outrebounded the Wolverines 41-25.