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Michigan State Basketball 0-2 in Big Ten, losing 85-76 to Wisconsin

Michigan State Basketball He was in a tender mood at Christmas.

No. 9 Wisconsin scored 24 points from 14 turnovers while 11th seed Spartans collapsed, 85-76Friday in East Lansing is scheduled to drop to 0-2 to open the Big Ten.

D’Mitrik Trice, brother of ex-MSU star Travis, scored 20 points from his season high of 29 in the second half to lead the Badgers (8-1, 2-0 Big Ten) to their first win at Breslin Center since 2004.

After a perfect finish without conference play, MSU (6-2, 0-2) takes on Minnesota at 8pm on Monday. The chances of winning a fourth consecutive regular season title at the Big Ten fade after losing the first Christmas Day match in the show’s 122-season history.

Wisconsin closed in a 14-7 run during the last four minutes plus. Trice gave Jonathan Davis’ wrong pass to lift the field to 77-69 with 1:40 play, after Alem Ford saved him behind the back to keep the ball in play.

Michigan State Spartans striker Joy Hauser scores against Wisconsin Badgers Brad Davison during the first half at Priceline Center in East Lansing, Friday, Dec.25, 2020.

Joy Hauser of Wisconsin scored the highest in his career with 27 points, with seven rebounds for Spartans. Aaron Henry added 12 points, six rebounds and three assists, but made seven turnovers.

Nate Reoffers, who failed to score any goals in the first half, scored eight points and saved a major second-half blow for Wisconsin. Ford added 13 points before spoiling, and Mika Potter and Brad Davison accumulated 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

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