EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – While the matchup didn’t seem to have much hype, Michigan State made Tuesday a memorable day at the Breslin Center.
The Spartans welcomed rival Michigan, for a 9 pm kickoff and a showdown between two teams with losing records in Big Ten play. MSU entered Tuesday 4-5 in conference play, while Michigan sat at the bottom of the Big Ten with a 2-7 record.
None of that mattered to Spartan fans after Tuesday’s game, as MSU earned an 81-62 victory and gave head coach Tom Izzo the 700th victory of his coaching career.
In addition to reaching the big milestone, Izzo did so on his 69th birthday.
The Hall of Fame coach is in his 29th year coaching the Spartans and became the first Big Ten head coach to reach 700 career wins at one school.
Also reaching a major milestone was senior AJ Hoggard, who scored in the final seconds of the game to surpass 1,000 career points.
Jaden Akins led the way for MSU on Tuesday, scoring a career-high 23 points and hitting a career-high seven 3-pointers.