No. 8 Michigan St survives scare, beats Detroit Mercy 83-76


Michigan State forward Gabe Brown (44) and guard Rocket Watts (2) react after a play during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Detroit Mercy, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Rocket Watts scored a career-high 23 points to help No. 8 Michigan State beat Detroit Mercy 83-76. The Spartans started out flat coming off their road win over No. 6 Duke earlier in the week and it almost led to a huge upset. The Titans led by five points midway through the second half of a closely contested game with 10 lead changes and nine ties. Detroit’s last win over a Top 10 team on the road was in 1979 at Marquette when the Titans had future NBA players, including the late Terry Duerod.

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