Michigan limped into Sunday’s Michigan State rematch on life support. The Wolverines had been through the rigors of a treacherous Big Ten stretch and the after effects dragged them into an upset loss at Penn State. With Michigan State, which led by 31 points with 1:27 to play in the first meeting, coming to town there was little confidence among Wolverine faithful.
For much of the first half, Michigan looked like the same team that we’ve seen throughout the last troubling stretch but it managed to stay within striking distance of the Spartans. A strong finish to the first half led to a better start of the second half. It was defense that rejuvenated the Wolverines. Michigan held Michigan State scoreless for the first four and a half minutes of play and turned a three point half time deficit into a seven point lead.
The Wolverines wouldn’t trail after taking the lead on a Jordan Morgan layup with 17:17 to play despite the Spartans tying the game with :54 seconds to pl...