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Lucas, Roe lead Spartans in 54-42 win over rival U-M

February 10, 2009

He hails from Ohio, but MSU forward Delvon Roe said he needed no lessons on the intensity of his team’s rivalry with Michigan.

On Tuesday, he proved it.

Roe finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, his first career double-double, to lead MSU past U-M 54-42 at Crisler Arena in the only matchup between the interstate schools of the regular season.

Kalin Lucas scored 15 points and Durrell Summers added eight for the Spartans, who improved to 20-4 overall and 10-2 in the conference. In the process, they delivered a crushing blow to the Wolverines, who are gunning for their first NCAA Tournament this decade.

Guarded closely all game by guard Travis Walton, U-M star Manny Harris struggled from the onset and finished with seven points on 2-of-10 shooting. Forward DeShawn Sims was the only U-M player who finished in double figures, tallying 18 points.

Leading 23-15 at halftime, the Spartans went up by a game-high 12 with 14:42 left. The Wolverines fought back to cut MSU’s lead to just four points with five minutes remaining, but they couldn’t get over the hump, as MSU stayed perfect on the road in Big Ten play.

MSU will take a week off and prepare for next Tuesday’s crucial match up with Purdue. The Boilermakers are currently tied for second in the Big Ten with Ohio State, trailing the Spartans by two games.

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