Michigan (13-13, 6-8) has lost five in a row, its longest skid since dropping six straight in January of 2011.
Branden Dawson had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots to help Michigan State outlast Penn State 66-60 on Wednesday night.
Michigan State opened the second half on a 25-9 run and never looked back …
Travis Trice contributed 11 of Michigan State’s 23 assists as the winners shot 60.4 percent from the field.
Denzel Valentine finished with 22 points and Branden Dawson had 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for Michigan State (5-3).
Gary Harris scored 23 points and Denzel Valentine pulled down 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 Michigan State past Illinois 78-62 on Saturday.
The Spartans (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten) scored 15 straight points while holding the Golden Gophers (13-4, 2-2) scoreless for nearly 8 minutes after trailing 53-43 with 15:57 left.
Keith Appling made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help No. 5 Michigan State beat No. 3 Ohio State 72-68 in overtime …
Harris had 17 points in the first half for the Spartans (13-1, 2-0 Big Ten) and he had a 5-point play midway through the second half.
Keith Appling scored 16 of his career-high tying 27 points in the first half to help Michigan State pull away and rout New Orleans 101-48 Saturday.