EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Alan Anderson got choked up -- and it
had nothing to do with earning a spot in Michigan State's record
Anderson didn't miss and scored a career-high 28 to lead the
Spartans (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today; No. 10 AP) to a 77-64 win over No. 20 Wisconsin on
He was 10-of-10 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line,
becoming the fourth Michigan State player to take at least 10 shots
But the senior forward paused and stammered as he spoke after
the game because the Spartans snapped a 12-game losing streak
against ranked opponents and a six-game skid against Wisconsin.
"It was our last chance against those guys," Anderson said.
"This one was big, man. They took our home-winning streak from us.
They took a couple of championships, too. That's why we were so
The Spartans (20-4, 11-2 Big Ten) have won 10 of 11 since losing
to the Badgers on Jan. 16, winning their last nine by double
Those lopsided victories didn't quiet their critics because of
the streak against ranked opponents since the regional finals of
the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
"I don't think I could be happier for our players," Michigan
State coach Tom Izzo said. "This has been hard on them. It wasn't
like they conquered the world, but we beat a good team soundly."
The Badgers (17-7, 8-5) have lost three of five, allowing
Indiana to pull into a third-place tie in the Big Ten standings.
"We don't like to say it happens at Wisconsin, but they
outworked us," Tucker said.
The Spartans beat Wisconsin for the first time since Feb. 27,
2001 -- thanks to Anderson.
Anderson, whose previous career high was 18 points, scored 11
straight points early in the first half. His one-man spurt gave
Michigan State an 11-point lead, which it maintained easily.
"He did a great job of penetrating and taking care of business
around the basket," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "You name it,
he did it."
Anderson matched a field-goal percentage mark at Michigan State
with three other players. Ron Charles made all 12 of his shots in a
game in 1980 while Carlton Valentine (1986) and Bob Chapman (1977)
both went 11-for-11.
"I don't think I missed a shot in warmups," Anderson said. "I
said, 'Man, this feels good."
Anderson gave the Spartans a big cushion by himself a couple
minutes into the game.
He scored all Michigan State's points during an 11-2 run, which
gave the Spartans a 15-4 lead with 13:53 left in the first half.
"He got hot early and hit all the big shots," Tucker said.
Michigan State led by as much as 14 before halftime and didn't
let the Badgers get closer than eight after Anderson's scoring
barrage. Anderson scored 15 points in the first half to help
Michigan State take a 33-25 lead.
It didn't take long for the Spartans to earn a comfortable lead
again. Offensive rebounds led to seven of their first eight points
in the second half, giving them a 41-27 lead with 17:55 left.
"Those (offensive rebounds) reminded me a little bit of our
teams in the past," Izzo said. "Those are backbreakers."
The Badgers didn't pull within single digits again until there
was just over a minute left.