Rutgers pulls an upset against Michigan State

Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Geo Baker (0) is fouled by Michigan State Spartans guard Tyson Walker (2) during the first half Feb. 5, 2022 at Jersey Mike's Arena.
Photo from Detroit Free Press

The Spartans suffered another frustrating loss on the road to Rutgers on Saturday, 84-63

Michigan State basketball has won three of their past four games. Rutgers have lost three of four. Senior forward Ron Harper Jr. leads the Scarlet Knights in points (15.8). … Last year at the end of January, Rutgers demolished MSU, 67-37, in New Jersey.

Six Rutgers players also scored in double digits

Ron Harper Jr. led Rutgers with 17 points, one of six Scarlet Knights to reach double digits. Paul Mulcahy had 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting, 12 assists, four rebounds and a steal.

The Spartans were outscored on the boards, 31-20, and outscored, 38-16, in the paint. Rutgers also had an 11-0 edge in fast-break points while shooting a stunning 61.5%. MSU made 44.2% overall and went 11-for-24 from 3-point range. The Spartans’ 15 turnovers led to 19 Scarlet Knight points.

Rutgers scored the first seven points of the second half as Harper hit the free throws after Izzo’s technical, then went on another 11-0 run to get the rout underway. MSU trailed by as many as 23 points.

The Scarlet Knights improved to 11-2 at home this season, with wins over MSU, Michigan, Purdue and Iowa.

Michigan State will face No. 11 Wisconsin on Tuesday at home with a chance to shake this one off of them.

Shawn Stewart is the Founder/CEO of Sports 4 America; Shawn Stewart also hosts The Shawn Stewart Sports Podcast and also Play-By-Play announcer for the Detroit Hustle of The Basketball League, you can follow him on Twitter @S4AStewart

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