Oh, what a Neitzel: MSU upsets No. 1 Wisconsin
East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) – Drew Neitzel scored 11 of his 28 points
during a game-clinching run in the final minutes, as Michigan State downed
top-ranked Wisconsin, 64-55, at the Breslin Center.
Neitzel, who hit 10-of-17 shots from the floor, including 6-of-11 from three-
point range, hit three treys during a 17-2 burst that turned a 49-45
deficit into a decisive win. His runner with 3:03 left broke a 51-51
tie and gave the Spartans the lead for good. He followed that with his final
three of the night with 2:25 remaining for a 56-51 cushion.
Travis Walton added 13 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for Michigan
State (20-8, 7-6 Big Ten), which has won three straight and most likely played
itself off the NCAA Tournament bubble. Raymer Morgan had 12 points and eight
boards for the Spartans, who spoiled the Badgers’ debut atop the latest
Associated Press poll.
Marcus Landry had 18 points for Wisconsin (26-3, 12-2), which had a five-game
win streak halted one day after being voted the No. 1 team in the country.
Alando Tucker tallied 16 points for the Badgers, who were held to just two
field goals over the final seven minutes.
The game was close throughout. The Spartans scored the game’s first seven
points before Wisconsin came back to take an 8-7 lead. The Badgers led by as
many as six points, 16-10, before going into halftime with a slim 30-29 edge.
The second half remained tight with the Badgers taking their largest lead of
the stanza after Landry drained a three-pointer with 7:44 left for a 47-43
The teams then exchanged buckets before Neitzel took over. His first three
started the run with 4:38 left. He followed that with another trey to put the
Spartans in the lead. Kammron Taylor hit a pair of free throws to tie the game
with 3:37 on the clock, but Neitzel followed that with his right-handed runner
as the shot clock expired and his ensuing three-pointer continued the
The setback for the Badgers somewhat ruins the anticipated showdown against
second-ranked Ohio State this Sunday.
The Spartans improved to 17-1 at home this season…MSU has won three of the
last four in this series…The Badgers shot just 36 percent for the game (19-
of-53)…MSU hit 22-of-48 shots for 46 percent.