Magic Johnson made the big talk, and Jason Klein made the big shots.
"I think we knew all along we were going to win," Klein said after scoring 12 of his 17 points in the second half to help No. 14 Michigan State beat No. 22 Michigan 80-75 Tuesday night.Klein's clutch performance capped a couple of emotional days at Michigan State that featured a fiery pep talk by Johnson.
Johnson, who led Michigan State to the 1979 NCAA championship, showed up at practice Monday and reminded the Spartans how much was at stake. The Spartans, who lead the Big Ten with two games remaining, haven't won a conference championship since 1990.
With Tuesday night's victory, the Spartans (19-5, 12-2) remained in first place in the Big Ten.
"Magic talked to us for a long time," said Spartans playmaker Mateen Cleaves. "He told us everyone who ever played at MSU would be watching this game.
"Magic was my favorite player. No way did I want to let him down."
About five minutes before the opening tip-off, Johnson and Greg Kelser - stars on the 1979 team - were introduced to the 15,138 fans at Breslin Center. Before taking a seat in the stands, Johnson took the public address microphone.
"We've got two more games after this," Johnson told the cheering crowd. "Then we can hang one more banner up."
NO. 7 UCONN 88, NOTRE DAME 79: Khalid El-Amin scored a career-high 30 points, and visiting Connecticut survived a late rally by Notre Dame.
NO. 9 PRINCETON 71, PENN 52: Steve Goodrich scored 19 points as Princeton remained unbeaten in the Ivy League and won its 14th straight game.