Izzo passes the Knight as Michigan State fends off Maryland – CBS Baltimore

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Gabe Brown and Malik Hall led an important second-half surge, and Tom Izzo became the all-time Big Ten leader in career wins as Michigan State beat Maryland 77-67 on Sunday.

With his 663rd win at Michigan State, Izzo overtook Indiana’s Bob Knight for most wins at a Big Ten school. Knight remains the conference wins leader with 353 versus second-place Izzo’s 322.

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Maryland outplayed the Spartans 32-15 in the first 12 1/2 minutes of the second half, reducing their halftime deficit from 20 points to 61-58. In that span, both teams had 10-0 runs and Maryland added a 19-2 run that included two 3-pointers from Eric Ayala and another from Donta Scott.

Brown, a senior assistant captain, then improved with a personal 7-0 run, Hall, a junior, added seven points of his own and Michigan State led 75-62 with two minutes left.

“We’ve had a few ups and downs, but it’s March, and March is special here,” Izzo told viewers at the Breslin Center during the team’s Senior Day ceremony after the game. “We’re good enough to beat a lot of people.”

Hall scored 17 points off the bench and Brown finished with 10 points. Tyson Walker had 13 points and Marcus Bingham Jr. added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans (20-11, 11-9 Big Ten).

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Ayala had 19 points, Fatts Russell 16 and Scott 13 for Maryland (15-16, 7-13).

Michigan State, seventh, meets 10th-seeded Maryland in Thursday night’s quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament.

“We’re confident in our abilities and that we’re going to execute our game plan for the full 40 minutes,” said Russell. “We struggled in the second half, we just have to get the whole 40 together.”

Michigan State scored the first 14 points of the game and the opening run reached 18-1 before Maryland made a shot. The Terrapins missed their first 14 shots and missed their first 13 3-pointers before Russell scored in the half at 2:10. Michigan State led 46-26 at halftime. Bingham led the Spartans with 12 points and nine rebounds. He was 3-for-3 from 3-points wide.

After losing five straight games, including a 65-63 loss to Michigan State, the Terrapins had won four of their last five games, including a 75-60 home win over No. 23 Ohio State.

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