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Michigan State Falls Short Against Wisconsin, 85-76, on Christmas Day MSUSpartans.com
No. 12 Michigan State took a nine-point lead early in the second half, but couldn’t hang on as No. 9 Wisconsin used a late run to pull away for a 85-76 win at the Breslin Center on Christmas afternoon.

Joey Hauser’s huge game can’t prevent Michigan State basketball’s 85-76 loss to Wisconsin Detroit Free Press
Michigan State basketball was in the giving mood on Christmas. No. 9 Wisconsin scored 24 points off 14 turnovers as the 11th-ranked Spartans crumbled, 85-76, on Friday in East Lansing to drop to 0-2 to open Big Ten play. D’Mitrik Trice, brother of former MSU star Travis, had 20 of his season-high 29 points in the second half to lead the Badgers (8-1, 2-0 Big Ten) to their first win at Breslin Center since 2004.

No. 12 Spartans Fall 85-76 To No. 9 Wisconsin The Only Colors
The Michigan State Spartans failed to take care of the ball yet again in key moments and allowed the Wisconsin Badgers to claw back from a Spartan run at the start of the second half for the win down the stretch. The Badgers move to 2-0 in Big Ten play and snapped a 12-game losing streak in East Lansing, while Michigan State moved to 0-2.

Spartans can’t keep up, lose 85-76 Spartans Wire
Michigan State had a tough in-conference matchup today as they faced off against the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers. The Spartans played hosts to the Badgers and they were able to invite family members of both teams for the Christmas Day game. Unfortunately, the Spartans did not get a Christmas miracle today as they ended up losing 85-76.

Joey Hauser’s holiday extravaganza not enough as Wisconsin drops MSU, 85-76 Detroit News
Tom Izzo could’ve done without this particular family affair on Christmas. D’Mitrick Trice, brother of former Michigan State guard Travis Trice, scored 27 including his team’s first 13 points of the second half as No. 9 Wisconsin edged the No. 12 Spartans, 85-76, in a holiday hoopfest in East Lansing.

Michigan State downed by Wisconsin on Christmas Day Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State basketball had never played on Christmas until Friday. It has lost its first two Big Ten games before, though it’s been a while — not since the 2006-07 season, to be precise. The 12th-ranked Spartans and No. 9 Wisconsin exchanged blows and put together a dandy of a college basketball game that, unfortunately for MSU, ended in defeat. The margin never reached double digits, and it didn’t exceed four points for more than 11 minutes in the second half.