Gabe Brown, Malik Hall and Tom Izzo led a crucial second-half surge. On Sunday, Michigan State beat Maryland 77 to67.

Izzo won 663 victories at Michigan State. This made him surpass Indiana’s Bob Knight, who holds the record for most wins at a Big Ten school. Knight is still the leader in conference wins with 353 wins to Izzo’s 322.

Maryland defeated the Spartans by 32-15 in the first half. This reduced their deficit of 20 points to 61-58 at halftime. Both teams scored 10-0 runs during that time, and Maryland added 19-2 runs that included Eric Ayala’s 3-pointer and Donta Scott’s.

Brown, a senior captain, responded with a 7-0 run. Hall, a junior, added seven more points and Michigan State was leading 75-62 with just two minutes remaining.

Izzo told the Breslin Center crowd, “We’ve had some ups and downs but it’s March.” He said this to them after the game at the Senior Day ceremony. “We are good enough to beat many people.”

Hall finished with 17 points and Brown had 10. Tyson Walker scored 13 points, while Marcus Bingham Jr. had 12 and Marcus Bingham Jr. had 11 for the Spartans (20-11 and 9 Big Ten).

Ayala scored 19 points, Fatts Russ 16 and Scott 13 respectively for Maryland (15-16, 7-13).

Michigan State is seventh in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. Maryland will be 10th.

Russell stated, “We are confident in our capabilities and that we will execute our game plan throughout the entire 40 minutes.” “We fought in second half. We just need to bring the whole 40 together.”

Michigan State scored the first 14 points of the game. Maryland did not make a shot until the 18-1 run. After missing their first 14 shots, the Terrapins failed to make their first 13 3-pointers. Russell made his first three-pointer with 2:10 left in the second half. Halftime saw Michigan State leading 46 to 26. Bingham was the Spartans’ leading scorer with 12 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. He went 3-for-3 at 3-point range.

The Terrapins lost five straight games to Michigan State, including a 65-63 defeat. They had won four of five of their last five games. No. 23 Ohio State.