EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP)—Tom Izzo didn’t know his Michigan State team would hit on all cylinders. Minnesota didn’t know what hit it.
Durrell Summers opened the game with two 3-pointers and finished with 21 points as the 13th-ranked Spartans beat the 19th-ranked Golden Gophers 76-47 on Wednesday night to snap a two-game home losing streak.
“It felt good to play 40 minutes, not 20 or 15,” Izzo said after the Spartans took a 1 1/2 -game lead in the Big Ten. “We beat a very good team that didn’t play very well tonight.”
The Spartans (18-4, 8-2) held the Golden Gophers (18-4, 6-4) to 17.4 percent shooting in taking a 42-16 halftime lead.
“Tonight, certainly hats off to Michigan State,” Minnesota coach Tubby Smith said. “It proved why it’s one of the best teams, if not the best, in this league.”
Summers had 17 points in the first half on 7-for-8 shooting from the field, including three 3-pointers and some impressive dunks as his team had 12 assists on its first 16 field goals.
“I was excited, but I kept trying to do more,” Summers said. “I think I got a little more excited because I was playing a little defense.”
Chris Allen, who had scored in single digits in seven of his last eight games, had 13 points and Kalin Lucas added 10 for Michigan State, which had lost to Northwestern and Penn State in the Breslin Center, where it had won 28 straight. It was the first time the Spartans had lost to the Wildcats and Nittany Lions in the same season.
“It’s a little different from the last time I was here,” Izzo said of last Sunday’s defeat. “I told Tubby that was the best half we’ve played all year.”
Devoe Joseph had 11 points for Minnesota, while Lawrence Westbrook, the Gophers’ top scorer, finished with six points, nearly eight below his average, thanks to Travis Walton’s snug defense.
“Travis set the tone with his defense,” Izzo said. “And Kalin got the ball to the right guys, especially Durrell.”
Michigan State led 13-1 before Minnesota had a field goal. It was 54-19 early in the second half before the Gophers got their bearings. But they still shot just 28.8 percent for the game while Michigan State was at 51 percent.
The Spartans came in leading the league by 8.1 rebounds per game, averaging 13.6 more boards that their opponents. That trend held up with a 42-26 edge over the Gophers.
“When you have the type of shooting we had, it makes for a long, long night,” Smith said. “They just outworked us and got every rebound and every loose ball.”
It was Michigan State’s biggest margin of victory in Big Ten play, despite posting four of its five road wins by double digits. Minnesota’s three previous losses were by a combined 29 points, the same margin as Wednesday’s game.
“The players were a little quiet,” Izzo said. “But sometimes the quiet before the storm is good. The players responded. And the crowd responded.”
The Spartans responded without No. 2 scorer Raymar Morgan, who wore a suit and tie on the bench while recovering from walking pneumonia.