The Falcons only trailed 35-33 at the half, but 16 points from Brandon Wood and 39 second-half points helped the No. 21 Spartans come out on top, 74-60.
The Falcons received very little production from their starting lineup. The starting five of Scott Thomas, Luke Kraus, Anthony Henderson, Dee Brown and Cam Black combined for only nine points — seven of which came from Thomas — on 4-for-28 shooting.
The Falcons' bench was forced to pick up the slack, and it did, led by a career game fro Jehvon Clarke. The freshman guard dropped a career-high 14 points, while adding two assists and two steals.
Jordon Crawford and A'uston Calhoun also had strong games off the bench. Crawford had 11 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Calhoun chipped in 12 points and six rebounds. However, he was limited by foul trouble, as he picked up four in the game.
That bench effort was matched by Michigan State, led by Draymond Green's double-double off the bench. He had only 12 points, but had 10 rebounds — four being offensive — and six assists. Braden Dawson and Derrick Nix also scored in double figures for the Spartans.
The Falcons are off until Thursday, when they take on Florida International in Miami.