EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Michigan State trailed Maryland by just 13 seconds on Saturday, and those 13 seconds carried the Spartans to victory.
MSU used a 12-0 run late in the second half to defeat Maryland, 63-54, and improve to 6-5 in the Big Ten.
Jahmir Young scored a game-high 31 points and gave Maryland its first and only lead of the game, 42-41, with 7:15 left.
The Spartans responded quickly when AJ Hoggard lofted a ball to Mady Sissoko, who scored the final lead change of the game.
Malik Hall was key for MSU down the stretch, as he scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half. Tom Izzo said Hall was challenged at halftime and it worked.
“I love the fact that Malik responded,” Izzo said. “There is nothing that satisfies a coach more than sending someone and having them respond. It’s the best thing that happens because I think they realize ‘I probably have more to give’ and I was proud of him.
Hall is a very spiritual and often reserved personality. He spoke after the game about the evolving understanding between him and Izzo.
“I could tell he was frustrated because I wasn’t reacting the way he wanted in that timeout, but I think, in a way, the relationship between the coach and I has grown is that he understands me and I understand him.” Hall said. . “This is one of those times where he can understand something like, ‘Okay, Malik didn’t respond or yell.’ He received my message and he did it through his actions.”
The win over Maryland puts MSU above .500 in the Big Ten for the first time this season, and comes at a good time with a crucial week ahead. The Spartans travel to Minnesota on Tuesday and return home on Saturday to play No. 14 Illinois.