The Associated Press
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Jordan Hamilton scored 21 points, Tristan Thompson had 17 points and 15 rebounds and No. 18 Texas beat No. 12 Michigan State, 67-55, on Wednesday night. The Longhorns (10-2) became the first non-conference team to win at the Breslin Center since Duke on Dec. 3, 2003, ending MSU’s 52-game winning streak.
The Spartans (8-4) have failed to live up to their preseason billing as the second-ranked team in country with only one quality win against then-No. 13 Washington in the Maui Invitational.
Texas trailed only once in the first half and once just after halftime on Michigan State’s home court, where Tom Izzo has won nearly 92 percent of his games during the past 14 years. The Longhorns were simply too athletic and aggressive on both ends of the court for the turnover-prone and poor-shooting Spartans.
Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas scored 17 points and didn’t have much help. Lucas moved past Morris Peterson on the school’s all-time list and into a 10th-place tie with Raymar Morgan. The Spartans’ do-it-all forward, Draymond Green, fouled out with 5:12 left, shortly after making his first field goal on his eighth attempt. Green finished with a season-low four points and eight rebounds.
Durrell Summers had a slow start before making shots toward the end of the first half to help Michigan State trail by only a point at halftime after trailing by as many as eight. Summers, though, scored just two points in the second half and finished with nine. Michigan State freshman Adreian Payne, who got his first start, had a putback for the first basket of the second half to give the Spartans their second and final lead.
The Longhorns took control with a 16-3 run, scoring on dunks and layups in the open court and making 3-pointers in half-court sets. Gary Johnson scored 14 points for Texas, which held the Spartans to 29 percent shooting and scored 19 points off their 16 turnovers.
The Longhorns have won four in a row — including impressive back-to-back wins against North Carolina in Greensboro and on Michigan State’s home court — and also has a win against Illinois.
Izzo coached the Spartans after serving a one-game suspension because the school employed someone associated with a potential recruit during a basketball camp in June. The person was paid $475 for five days to work with middle school-aged campers.