Final: Michigan State 70, Michigan 64
0:00: What a win for the Spartans. Michigan State has almost certainly punched its ticket to the NCAA tournament with a win over No. 2 Michigan. That’s MSU’s third win over a top-5 team in less than two weeks.
Rocket Watts led the Spartans with 21 points while Aaron Henry added 18 and Joey Hauser 11 points.
MSU got 40 bench points, 32 of those from Watts and Hauser.
Chaundee Brown led Michigan with 13 points.
MSU maintains lead
0:19: Michigan State leads 66-62 with 19 seconds to go, with Gabe Brown heading ot the line for two.
Langford delivers big time 3
0:44.5: Joshua Langford just may have sent Michigan State to the NCAA tournament.
Saddled with foul trouble most of the game, Langford just hit a 3-pointer with 44.5 seconds to go to give MSU a 64-59 lead – mere seconds after Hunter Dickinson just got the Spartans’ lead to two points.
Dickinson, U-M can cut deficit to 4
1:51: Michigan center Hunter Dickinson will attempt to finish off the three-point play, as the Wolverines trail MSU, 61-56. Two huge buckets by Aaron Henry late have the Spartans in position to win.
Austin Davis fouls out
4:29: And that’s one Michigan big man who’s done for the day. Austin Davis was whistled for a foul on a Marcus Bingham Jr. alley-oop dunk attempt.
Bingham hit both free throws to put MSU ahead 57-49.
Michigan cuts deficit to 6
4:40: Michigan State took its biggest lead of the game at 11 points, 55-44, following Marcus Bingham Jr.’s free throw with 5:58 to go.
But the Wolverines have responded with a Franz Wagner lay-up and Chaundee Brown 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 55-49.
Hunter Dickinson and Austin Davis each have four fouls for U-M. Joey Hauser is the only Spartan with four.
Joey Hauser picks up his fourth foul
6:49: Joey Hauser heads to the bench with his fourth foul. But Austin Davis missed the front end of the 1-and-1s, it wasn’t for nothing. MSU leads 54-44.
MSU back up double digits again
8:00: Michigan State is back up 10, 52-42.
Hunter Dickinson now with four fouls
8:13: Something to watch going forward – he’s been pretty quiet all game, and he’s heading to the bench.
U-M can’t buy a bucket
10:00: It’s safe to say that Michigan isn’t quite shooting as lights out as it did in the second half Thursday.
The Wolverines are only shooting 35 percent from the field (15 of 42) and 4 of 15 (27 percent) from 3-point land.
And Michigan State now leads by double digits, 48-48, as the Wolverines haven’t scored in four-plus minutes.
MSU takes nine-point lead
11:59: Joey Hauser is also having a good second half. His runner gave Michigan State a seven-point lead, and then Marcus Bingham’s aggressiveness led to a layup and a shot at a three-point play.
This game is going much more different than Thursday night, as MSU leads No. 2 Michigan, 47-38, with 11:59 to go.
Rocket Watts is straight-up dialed in
13:13: Rocket Watts is proving the first half wasn’t a fluke.
The sophomore guard is playing with a confidence we haven’t seen in a while. After scoring 11 points in the first half, he’s already got six in the second to push his tally to 17 points. MSU leads 43-38.
MSU continues to lead
16:00: Michigan State continues to look lively, with Rocket Watts continuing to be aggressive in getting to the basket.
The Spartans’ biggest lead of the second half was six points, 34-28, following an Aaron Henry layup, but the lead now is 36-34 after back-to-back 3-pointers by Chaundee Brown and Isaiah Livers.
Langford picks up third foul
18:53: Joshua Langford only played six minutes in the first half after picking up his second foul, and 67 seconds into the second half, Langford was whistled for his third on a driving layup by Chaundee Brown.
Halftime: Michigan State 30, Michigan 26
0:00: What a half from Rocket Watts and Joey Hauser – those might have been the best 20 minutes both players have had this season. And not a moment too soon, especially coming against rival Michigan while also being a game where a win over the No. 2 team in the nation would almost certainly punch the Spartans’ ticket to the NCAA tournament.
Watts leads all scorers with 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting and added three assists and two rebounds. Hauser has nine points on 4 of 6 shooting while also adding four rebounds.
Mike Smith and Isaiah Livers have seven points each for Michigan.
The Spartans are 20 minutes from officially being a part of the Big Dance.
Hunter Dickinson in foul trouble again
3:05: Michigan freshman center Hunter Dickinson just picked up his second foul. Both of his fouls have been of the ticky-tacky variety, but fouls nonetheless. He stays in the court for the Wolverines.
Also, your eyes are not deceiving you. Jack Hoiberg is on the court for MSU, seeing first-half action.
Joey Hauser, Rocket Watts carry MSU back in front
3:39: It’s been a two-man game for MSU in the last few minutes, with Joey Hauser getting the best of Brandon Johns on both ends of the floor, plus Rocket Watts showing some life on the offensive end to give MSU a 23-21 lead.
Watts has nine points and Hauser six to lead the Spartans, representing their 15 bench points so far.
MSU goes 4-plus minutes without a point
5:54: Rocket Watts’ two free throws with 6:04 left in the half broke a 4:28 scoring drought for Michigan State, ending a 6-0 Wolverine run which also gave the Spartans a 17-16 lead.
Isaiah Livers came down on the ensuing possession and hit a 3-pointer to put Michigan back on top, 19-17.
Michigan missing Eli Brooks
7:02: Michigan State has outscored Michigan, 10-7, since Eli Brooks left the game with the left ankle injury at the 15:22 mark of the first half.
The Wolverines are in the midst of one of their worst shooting performances of the season – they’re 6 of 20 thus far, but have made their last two shots.
Mady Sissoko gets an early call
11:02: Mady Sissoko didn’t get off the bench until the final few minutes of Thursday night’s game, but played well in that garbage time action. Tom Izzo called on him at the 12-minute mark of the first half today, and immediately paid dividends with an offensive rebound off a missed free throw.
MSU continues to lead, 13-9.
Joey Hauser showing aggressiveness
11:58: We’ve seen a few things from Joey Hauser off the bench early in this game. First, he scored on a heavily-defended driving layup. And then, starting at the left corner, he dripped to the paint and hit a difficult hook shot to give MSU a 10-7 lead.
Rocket Watts followed with a runner to give MSU its biggest lead of the game at 12-7. The Spartans currently lead, 12-9.
Henry gets first point after quiet start
14:31: Aaron Henry was very quiet on the offensive end the first five minutes – MSU’s leading scorer didn’t even attempt a shot. But he was fouled after attempting a runner following a Marcus Bingham steal and hit the second free throw to tally his first point.
Eli Brooks goes down injured for U-M
15:22: Michigan guard Eli Brooks just hit a leaner, but awkwardly landed on his left ankle and needed assistance off the court. It appears he inadvertently stepped on Marcus Bingham Jr’s foot as he landed. If that ends up being a long-term injury, that would be a huge loss for a Wolverine team that has national title hopes.
MSU, Michigan start game combined 2 of 12 shooting
15:51: A bit of a rough shooting start for both Michigan State and Michigan, as each team started the game 1 of 6. That was ended by a Malik Hall 3-pointer that put MSU ahead, 5-2.
After another U-M miss, Eli Brooks nailed a 3-pointer to tie it at 5-5.
And that’s where we stand as we head into the first TV timeout.
Joshua Langford kicks off senior day with a jumper
18:13: This might be Joshua Langford’s last home game in a Michigan State uniform (he’s a senior but still has a sixth year of eligibility). And Langford started the game in good fashion, dribbling the baseline and nailing a 15-foot jumper to tie the game at 2-2.
Starters announced for Michigan State, Michigan
AJ Hoggard does, in fact, get the start at point guard for Michigan State. He’s joined by Joshua Langford, Aaron Henry, Malik Hall and Julius Marble in the starting lineup.
Michigan’s starters are Mike Smith, Franz Wagner, Eli Brooks, Isaiah Livers and Hunter Dickinson.
AJ Hoggard to start at the point
AJ Hoggard will start at point guard and Rocket Watts will see more time at the 2-guard, said Tom Izzo in the pregame radio show.
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