Michigan State basketball survives cold spell, beats Maryland 63-54

EAST LANSING — Michigan State basketball turned a dogfight into a track meet in a hurry.

Already flexing their defense in a battle with Maryland, the Spartans found themselves trailing by a point with a little more than seven minutes to play. That’s when Malik Hall took over and MSU took control en route to a 63-54 victory Saturday.

Hall scored eight straight points after the Terrapins took the lead. His 3-pointer in that stretch sparked the Spartans’ 12-0 run that included a three-point play which was quickly followed by a steal and breakaway layup by A.J. Hoggard.

That 2-minute, 16-second spurt spun Breslin Center from a house of concern to a cauldron of noise. MSU closed the game on a 22-12 burst after Maryland’s lone lead of the game.

First appeared on www.freep.com

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