MSU ahead of Miami by four at halftime
A low-scoring first half has the No. 13 MSU men’s basketball team (5-1) edging Miami (3-1) 31-27 at the end of the first half.
The game marked the return of guards Gary Harris and Travis Trice from injury for MSU, with Harris making a buzzer-beating layup to end the half and double the Spartan’s lead.
Harris finished the first half with a team-high five rebounds and five points, while Trice made a 3-pointer.
Both teams got off to a slow start, as the Spartans and Hurricanes combined to make two of their first nine shots along with six turnovers in the game’s opening four minutes.
From there, it was a back-and-forth game for the rest of the first half, with the largest lead a five-point margin in favor of MSU after Harris made a 3-pointer to put the Spartans in front 28-23 with 3:31 to go in the first half.
Junior Keith Appling and sophomore Branden Dawson were the top scorers for the Spartans in the first half, with each guard tallying seven points.
Guard Durand Scott led the way for Miami with 11 points and four rebounds for the Hurricanes.