EAST LANSING, MI – Chris Allen scored 16 points and Draymond Green had 11, helping No. 10 Michigan State hold off No. 17 Wisconsin for a 54-47 victory Wednesday night.
The Spartans (12-3, 2-0 Big Ten) did not trail, but they could not put the pesky Badgers (12-3, 2-1) away in a closely contested defensive struggle.
Jon Leuer scored 18 of his 21 points after halftime to keep Wisconsin in the game.
Raymar Morgan's three-point play put the Spartans up 46-41 with 4:14 to go. Kalin Lucas followed with a shot that put them ahead by eight with a couple minutes left, sealing Michigan State's eighth straight Big Ten home-opening win.
Lucas scored 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting, and teammate Durrell Summers missed all four of his shots and didn't score.