Michigan State v Georgetown

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera #4 of the Georgetown Hoyas dives for the ball on the court during the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Madison Square Garden on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Nate Shron / Getty Images / February 1, 2014)

NEW YORK -- Markel Starks scored 16 points and Georgetown held off a late surge to knock off No. 7 Michigan State 64-60 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

Starks, a senior guard, scored 10 in the second half and was helped out by 12 points from sophomore guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and 10 points from junior forward Mikael Hopkins.

The Hoyas (12-9) were able to overcome 20 points from Michigan State sophomore guard Gary Harris, who was held to just three points in the first half.

Guard Denzel Valentine added 11 points for the Spartans and forward Kenny Kaminski scored 10.

Michigan State (19-3) led at the break, but Georgetown opened the half outscoring Michigan State 11-2 to take a 40-32 lead, the biggest of the game for any team. The Spartans bounced back and started to come to life on a full-court drive and dunk by Harris to cut the Hoyas' lead to five with just less than 13 minutes to play.

Michigan State managed to get within 48-45 but Valentine missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game and then missed the front end of a one-and-one. Harris added a 3-pointer but it was sandwiched by two impressive pull-up jumpers from Starks to keep the Hoyas in front, 52-48.

Harris then drew a foul to get to the line and split a pair of free throws before Hopkins dunked on a pick-and-roll and Harris scored on a runner. Hopkins followed with two free throws to put Georgetown up 56-51, but Harris nailed another 3-pointer with 1:32 to play to make it a two-point game.

However, junior guard Jabril Trawick tipped in a Starks miss and Michigan State turned the ball over in the final minute. Starks then split a pair of free throws and eventually put the game away at the free-throw line.

Georgetown controlled the glass, outrebounding Michigan State 32-24.

It wasn't the most efficient first half as the teams combined to turn the ball over 19 times, with Georgetown committing 10 and Michigan State nine as the Spartans held a 30-29 advantage at the break.

The Hoyas got off to a quick start as Hopkins scored the team's first six points and helped open up a 13-8 lead. But the Spartans followed with a 10-0 run, highlighted by 3-pointers from Harris and Kaminski.

Michigan State was 11-for-26 from the field, 5 of 13 from long range. Kaminski had nine points to lead the Spartans and senior guard Keith Appling handed out five assists.

Georgetown benefitted from 10 Michigan State fouls and shot 11-for-13 from the free-throw line while controlling the glass, outrebounding the Spartans 16-11.

NOTES: Michigan State used its 12th different starting lineup on Saturday as junior forward Alex Gauna replaced redshirt freshman Kenny Kaminski, who started the last two games. The Spartans have had to juggle their lineup as senior forward Adreian Payne (sprained foot) missed his seventh game and junior forward Branden Dawson (broken hand) was out for the third straight game. ... Michigan State entered the game 10-0 away from home and 4-0 in neutral court games. ... Michigan State fell to 2-10 all-time at Madison Square Garden.