Starks helps Hoyas stun Spartans
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Markel Starks scored 16 points and Georgetown held off a sluggish Michigan State team to deliver a stunning 64-60 victory over the seventh-ranked Spartans at Madison Square Garden.
The Hoyas (12-9) entered the non-conference matchup mired in a five-game losing streak, but pulled off the upset behind a stout defensive effort that rendered the Spartans out of sync all throughout the afternoon.
Still without injured starters Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson, Michigan State (19-3) shot an off-target 40.4 percent from the field and committed 16 turnovers, while finishing a poor 9-of-16 from the free throw line.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 12 points and eight rebounds in Georgetown's first win since Jan. 11, with Mikael Hopkins contributing 10 points.
Gary Harris had 20 points for the Spartans despite being saddled with foul trouble for much of the game, while Denzel Valentine had 11 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
02/01 17:38:33 ET