Quite simply, the Spartans played very well for 32 minutes. The final eight minutes, however, is where the defense became porous and Minnesota opened the Big Ten season with a big-time home victory.
FINAL SCORE: Minnesota 76, MSU 63
This is one of those games where it's evident how important Branden Dawson is to the Spartans. When his motor is running it's evident. It definitely was sputtering on New Year's Eve as Dawson was invisible on the glass and played more like a defensive liability than a defense standout.
Here is MSU's defensive scoresheet from the game: