Three in double figures as Michigan State beats Michigan, 59-53

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State opened a 14-point lead early in the second half, hit three key baskets in the final minutes and six free throws in the final 30 seconds before holding on for a 59-53 win over Michigan at the Breslin Center on Saturday afternoon. .

Junior guard AJ Hoggard scored 15 points, grabbed six rebounds and had four assists and two steals to lead three players in double figures. Senior forward Malik Hall scored 15 points and had three rebounds, while senior guard Tyson Walker had 14 points and two assists and graduate forward Joey Hauser added seven points and 10 rebounds.

Michigan State improves to 11-4 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten, while Michigan falls to 9-6 overall and 3-1 in league play.


  • Michigan State led by nine points, 27-18, at the break and took its biggest lead, 32-18, after opening the second half with a 3-pointer from Hoggard and a jumper from Hauser, forcing Michigan to call a timeout early in the period.
  • The Spartans led throughout the second half and still had a 14-point lead, 42-28, after a jumper from Hoggard with 8:59 to play.
  • Leading by 10 points, 47-37, following a 3-pointer from Walker with 6:02 left, but the Wolverines pulled to within four points, 47-43, after free throws from Jett Howard with 3:55 remaining.
  • A jumper from Hall with 3:30 and a layup from Hauser with 1:47 left gave MSU a 51-44 lead.
  • Free throws from Hall made it 55-48 with 29 seconds left and Walker hit a pair with 22 seconds left to make it 57-50, but a 3-pointer from Hunter Dickinson pulled UM to within four points, 57-53, with 13 seconds left.
  • Walker missed the front end, giving UM a chance to inch closer, but after a missed shot, sophomore guard Jaden Akins hit two free throws with one second left to seal the win.
  • The Spartans had gone into the half with a 27-18 lead, paced by Hall, who scored all nine of his points in the final eight minutes.
  • Michigan had taken its biggest lead, 7-3, on a jumper from Terrance Williams II at 13:58, but MSU went on a 9-0 run and took a 12-7 lead on a 3-pointer from Akins with 10:51 left. to play
  • The game was tied at 12-all before the Spartans went on a 12-4 run to take a 24-16 lead on a 3-pointer from Hauser with 1:55 to play.

Key Stats

  • Michigan State held Michigan to 53 points, including just 18 in the first half.
  • The Spartans held Michigan to 34.5 percent shooting overall, including 26.9 percent shooting in the first half.
  • MSU had a 38-34 advantage on the boards, grabbed seven offensive rebounds and scored nine second-chance points.
  • MSU hit 84.6 percent of its free throws (11-of-13), including 6-of-7 in the second half.


  • Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo has a 32-20 record against Michigan.
  • The Wolverines lead the all-time series against Michigan State, 103-88.
  • The Spartans are 54-38 all-time at home against Michigan, including a 23-8 record at the Breslin Center.
  • MSU is 9-1 when leading at halftime.
  • The Spartans won while scoring a season-low 59 points.
  • MSU is 6-2 in games decided by 10 points or less.
  • Michigan State held Michigan to a season-low 53 points.
  • The Spartans held their sixth opponent this season to less than 60 points (6-0 in those games).
  • MSU held Michigan to 34.5 percent shooting, the 14th time this season limiting its opponent to below 50 percent shooting (11-3 in those games).
  • The Spartans held a 38-34 advantage in rebounding, controlling the boards for the 10th time this season (10-0).
  • Malik Hall accounted for all 15 of MSU’s bench points.
  • AJ Hoggard scored 15 points, his 10th game in double figures this year and the 21st of his career.
  • Hoggard led MSU with six assists, his 11th game leading the team this year and the 36th of his career.
  • Joey Hauser grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, his third-straight game with at least 10 and his sixth game this season.
  • Tyson Walker scored 14 points, his 12th game in double figures and the 58th of his career.

Up Next

Michigan State hits the road for a pair of Big Ten Conference games, starting on Tuesday, Jan. 10, visiting Wisconsin (ESPN, 7 p.m.).

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