AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Freshman Kalin Lucas scored a career-high 18 points, including an acrobatic layup to ignite a key first-half run, to lead No. 9 Michigan State to a 78-72 victory over No. 4 Texas on Saturday night.
The Spartans (11-1) took control of the game with a 13-0 run toward the end of the first half and didn't let the Longhorns (11-1) back in it until the final minute.
A.J. Abrams made a flurry of 3-pointers, including one that pulled it within five points with 22 seconds left, and Texas had a chance to get closer when Lucas missed two free throws on the ensuing possession.
But Raymar Morgan blocked D.J. Augustin's layup to essentially seal the win.
Abrams and Augustin scored 24 and 22 points, respectively, but they combined to shoot 15-of-37 as Texas struggled offensively for the first time this season against a physical and athletic team.
The Longhorns entered the game shooting 51 percent overall, 44 percent on 3-pointers, and were averaging 84 points with a 22-point margin of victory.
Michigan State held Texas to 39 percent shooting from the field, 38 percent on 3s, and well below its scoring average, snapping the Longhorns' best start since the 1981-82 season.
The setback does not diminish how impressive Texas has been this season after losing national player of the year Kevin Durant to the NBA draft.
Texas was the first team to beat a pair of top-10 teams, UCLA and Tennessee, this season thanks to Augustin's sensational play and teammates like Abrams stepping into larger roles this season with Durant starring for Seattle.
Michigan State was expected to be good and it has been, becoming the first team in the current Associated Press poll to play four ranked teams, beating all but the Bruins.
After a sloppy start that saw Texas take a 26-20 lead, Lucas came off the bench and made a circus shot in the lane and added a twisting, reverse layup later in the decisive run that put Michigan State ahead by seven late in the first half.
The Spartans were ahead 41-33 at halftime and seemed set to coast to the victory when Lucas' jumper put them ahead 13 late in the game.
But Abrams got hot from 3-point range to make it interesting in front of a sellout crowd, which included Michigan native and Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz, at the home of the NBA's Detroit Pistons.
Besides his key block, Morgan scored 18 points while Drew Neitzel and Goran Suton had 12 points apiece. Texas' Damion James had 15 points.