The Wolverines (6-5) have lost four straight, including three at home, and only have one more non-conference game before Big Ten play starts.
The Wolverines fell into a quick double-digit hole and struggled against Arizona’s defense all day, shooting 35 percent for their first three-game losing streak since 2010-11.
The Spartans never trailed, built a 34-point halftime advantage and snapped a two-game losing streak against Kansas and Notre Dame.
NJIT held the Wolverines’ comeback efforts at bay, sealing the win when Daquan Holiday corralled the ball with 4.3 seconds remaining and made two free throws.
Caris LeVert scored 19 of his 24 points in the first half, and No. 19 Michigan bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 91-62 victory over Nicholls State on Saturday.
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Michigan State’s chances of repeating last season’s throttling of rival Michigan in Breslin Center just got much slimmer.
“A month or two from now,” Stauskas said, “I think we’re going to win those games.”
With the college basketball season just around the corner, the official preseason poll has Michigan State ranked at second in the nation, behind only Kentucky.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is offering seven bottles of bourbon if Michigan wins.