After trailing by five points at halftime to Texas (7-5), the Michigan State Spartans (11-2) charged ahead with a 10-2 run to start the second half and finished with a 67-56 victory.
The Spartans were led by a standout performance from senior center Derrick Nix, who scored a career-high 25 points.
Combining with the hot start to the second half for Michigan State was the horrible shooting by Texas in the final 20 minutes.
Rick Barnes' Longhorns did not go away easy, but their inexperience showed towards the end of the game.
The Spartans benefited from their experience in big games with junior Adreian Payne taking over the final five minutes of the game against the youngest team in college basketball.
Michigan State will now enter Big 10 play in nine days against Minnesota while Texas has one nonconference game left before starting Big 12 play.
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