Freshman Kalin Lucas scored a career-high 18 points, including an acrobatic layup to ignite a key first-half run, to lead No. 9 Michigan State to a 78-72 victory over No. 4 Texas last night in Auburn Hills, Mich.
The Spartans (11-1) took control of the game with a 13-0 run toward the end of the first half and didn't let the Longhorns (11-1) back in it until the final minute.
A.J. Abrams made a flurry of three-pointers for the Longhorns, including one that pulled them within five points with 22 seconds left, and Texas had a chance to get closer when Lucas missed two free throws on the ensuing possession.
But Raymar Morgan blocked D.J. Augustin's layup to essentially seal the win.
Abrams and Augustin scored 24 and 22 points, respectively, but they combined to shoot 15 of 37 as Texas struggled offensively for the first time this season against a physical and athletic team.
The Longhorns entered the game shooting 51 percent overall, 44 percent on three-pointers, and were averaging 84 points with a 22-point margin of victory.
Michigan State held Texas to 39 percent shooting from the field, 38 percent on threes, and well below its scoring average.
The setback does not diminish how impressive Texas has been this season after losing national player-of-the-year Kevin Durant to the NBA draft.