EAST LANSING, MICH., DEC. 5 -- Ellis McKennie made a driving layup with one second remaining to lift George Washington to a 65-64 upset victory over Michigan State tonight at Jenison Field House before 7,218.

It was the Spartans' first loss in three games, GW improved to 3-1.

"We played with a lot of emotion this evening," said GW Coach John Kuester. "Our kids played with great poise and we received a tremendous effort from all of the players. Gerald {Jackson, who finished with nine points} continued his stellar play for us this evening. I was real pleased with his poise on the floor."

The Colonials took a 33-31 halftime lead on Kenny Barer's three-point shot with two seconds remaining in the half.

The first half was a seesaw affair with neither team leading by more than three points.

But GW increased its two-point halftime lead to nine points, at 48-39, with 10:08 remaining on a pair of free throws by sophomore guard McKennie, who shared game high honors with teammate Max Blank.

Blank helped GW's early second-half spurt by scoring five straight field goals.

Michigan State then went on a 8-0 run with help from Todd Wolfe (four free throws) to cut the GW lead to 48-47. Michigan State took the lead for the first time in the second half with 4:47 remaining, 55-54, on Jesse Hall's jump shot.

Michigan State increased its lead to 57-54 with 4:30 remaining on a jumper by Ken Redfield.

A layup by McKennie and an foul shot off the same play tied the score at 59-59 with 3:39 left. Baskets by McKennie and Gerald Jackson gave GW a 63-59 lead with two minutes remaining.

GW had the ball with 39 seconds left and a 63-62 lead but a steal by Michigan State's Todd Wolfe with 20 seconds left led to a Spartans timeout. After that, Michigan State's Jesse Hall made a jumper in the lane with 12 seconds remaining to give the Spartans a 64-63 lead.