Michigan State falls to Maryland in Big Ten Tournament

Spartans fail to advance to quarter-finals for first time in tournament history
Aaron Henry, Aaron Wiggins
Posted at 2:52 PM, Mar 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-11 14:52:16-05

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eric Ayala scored 21 points, Aaron Wiggins added 19 and Maryland dominated Michigan State in the second half to take a 68-57 win in a first-round Big Ten tournament game.

The eighth-seeded Terrapins gave their NCAA Tournament hopes a big boost but now face top-seeded and No. 4 ranked Michigan in the quarterfinals.

Maryland erased a 12-point first-half deficit to lead 34-30 at halftime and scored the first eight points of the second half before the Spartans ended a field-goal drought of nearly 12 minutes spanning both halves.

Maryland led by as many as 19 with seven minutes remaining. Malik Hall scored a career-high 19 points for Michigan State.

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