The Miami Hurricanes upset the No. 13 Michigan St. Spartans Wednesday night, 67-59, taking the lead early in the second half and fighting off the Spartan attempts to climb back into the game. Michigan State made a determined effort in the final minutes, but could not close the gap. The win put the ACC within one in the ACC-Big Ten challenge, but the Big Ten still leads, five games to four.
Miami moved the ball around well, with three men collecting 15 or more points. Trey McKinney-Jones led things with 18 points, while Durand Scott and Shane Larkin added 15 each. Reggie Johnson picked up a double double, adding 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Turnovers have plagued recent Spartan efforts, but they weren't the problem against Miami. Michigan State had only 11 turnovers, slightly worse than Miami's 10 but well below recent Spartan numbers. Where Miami took control was in making their shots count, and keeping the Spartans from establishing a rhythm. The Hurricanes shot 47.7 percent from the floor, including 9-of-16 on three-pointers. In contrast, Michigan State took more shots, 59 to 44, but only made 40.7 percent of them, with 6-of-14 shooting from beyond the arc.
Michigan State next faces the Nicholls St. Colonials and Miami will face the UMass Minutemen, while the ACC-Big Ten Challenge continues with Georgia Tech at Illinois, Boston College at Penn State and Ohio State at Duke.