ANN ARBOR, Michigan (Ticker) -- Alan Anderson, Shannon Brown and No. 12 Michigan State were more than happy to hand intrastate rival Michigan a school record-tying eighth straight defeat.
Anderson scored 16 points and Brown added 14 to lead the Spartans to a 64-49 victory over the reeling Wolverines, their 12th triumph in the series' last 13 meetings.
"It's still a rivalry, but they've had so many injuries and things that this year has been tough for them," Michigan State center Paul Davis said. "We want to be the dominant team in Michigan and today we came out and proved it."
Spartans coach Tom Izzo reminded his team during a late timeout how important a victory against its intrastate rival would be.
"I told them that there are a lot of memories that they'll take away from college and that they'll always talk about the rivalry games," said Izzo, who lost his first five games against the Wolverines, but now has a 12-6 record against them as a head coach.
Again without suspended star guard Daniel Horton, Michigan (12-13, 3-8 Big Ten) tied the single-season school record of consecutive losses set in 1959-60 and matched in 1966-67. The Wolverines' overall record skid is nine games - the final eight in 1966-67 and the first contest the following season.
Dion Harris scored 22 points but got little help from his teammates for Michigan, which gave up the first six points of the game and never caught up. The Wolverines trailed at the half, 30-20, after managing just six baskets and committing nine turnovers.
"I thought their transition game in the first half was the big difference," Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said. "They had it going in high gear. I was disappointed that we couldn't put a damper on that part of their game."
The Spartans (17-4, 8-2) held a 54-37 cushion after a pair of free throws by Anderson with 5:32 remaining before the Wolverines scored nine straight points, pulling within 54-46 on a pair of free throws by Graham Brown with 2:55 to play. But Anderson made back-to-back jumpers in the lane to trigger a 10-0 run that put away the game.
"We knew they wanted to trap us so we wanted to throw the ball into the middle," Anderson said. "The first time I was going to pass, but I was open every time."
Izzo praised Anderson's play on both ends of the court.
"Alan was our MVP today," Izzo said. "He had to guard (Chris) Hunter, who has been playing well, and then he slid over to Harris a little bit. At the end, when they were trapping, he made great decisions."
The Spartans have had some trouble closing out games - they lost an eight-point lead against Wisconsin in the last three minutes - so Izzo was pleased with his team's late spurt.
"The last couple of games we've played better down the stretch and we've gotten confidence that we can do good things down the stretch," Izzo said.
Michigan State shot 51 percent (25-of-49) and had 14 assists with 12 turnovers. Michigan connected on 42 percent (16-of-38) but had just seven assists to 17 giveaways.