Moritz Wagner scored a career-high 27 points, lifting Michigan to an 82-72 victory over No. 4 Michigan State on Saturday in East Lansing.
The Wolverines (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten) have won eight of their last nine games this season and two straight against their rivals.
The Spartans (16-3, 4-2) are struggling, losing two of their last three games with an overtime win over Rutgers in between the setbacks.
Zavier Simpson made a go-ahead layup with 14:28 left, the 13th lead change in an intense game with 11 ties. He helped the Wolverines pull away in the final minutes with enough free throws to keep a cushion. Simpson finished with 16 points, taking advantage of a game plan that...