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C-HOOP.....Th 1/29/09
Posted on: 01-29-2009

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>>caption:  MSU's GORAN SUTON (L)

@ IOWA CITY, IA:     The Spartans
returned to the site of last season's
big dud on their schedule determined
to prevent a repeat performance.
    A year ago Iowa upset Michigan
State 43-38 in a game where the
homecourt Hawkeyes were given a
29-4 free throw advantage. It never
came to that this time as MSU rolled
to an easy 71-56 decision to remain
unbeaten (5-0) in Big Ten road play.
    The Spartans started the game on an 8-0 run and never looked back.
The closest Iowa could come was within 5-P at 13-8 in the 1st-H. State led by
13-P on multiple occasions in the opening stanza, including the 38-25 halftime
bulge. After getting more points in the 1st-H than they did all game last year
at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Michigan State quickly expanded their margin to
22-P at 50-28 off a 12-3 burst to start the 2nd-H. Consecutive Iowa 3-balls by
Jeff Peterson and Jermain Davis briefly got the Hawkeyes within 9-P at 61-52
with 5:55 to play, but State was never really seriously challenged.
    While 14 Spartans played, in reality MSU head coach Tom Izzo shortened his
bench by giving only seven players significant minutes. Raymar Morgan and
Marquise Gray only played 8 & 7-mins respectively in State's nine man rotation.
    Kalin Lucas scored a game-high and tied his career-high of 24-P. Backcourt
mate Durrell Summers added 21-P. Travis Walton was next best with 7-P as the
starting 3-guard lineup popped for 52 of State's 71-P. The other starters, Goran
Suton and Delvon Roe, didn't score much but rebounded very well. Suton had 7-P
and grabbed a game-high 11-RB while Roe had just 1-P but 10 boards.
    Three Hawkeyes scored in double figures. Peterson had a team-high 14-P and
a game-high 5-A. Matt Gatens added 13-P. Jarryd Cole added 10-P with a team-high
of 8-RB off the bench.        
    The #9 nationally ranked Michigan States improved to a Big Ten leading 7-1 and
17-3 overall with its 13th win in 14 games. Iowa is now 12-9 and 2-6.


@ CLEVELAND, OH:     The UDM Titans remained winless in Horizon LGE men's hoops
with a 66-49 Thursday night loss at Cleveland State.
    Detroit committed six turnovers in the game's first 8-mins to quickly fall behind
13-6, yet scrambled back to go ahead 20-18 and again 22-21. However, CSU had
runs of 13-4 into halftime for a 34-26 lead and a 2nd-H burst of 12-4 to blow the game
open at 53-37 with 13-mins left to play.
    Cleveland State's Norris Cole was game-high with 21-P. Cedric Jackson added 14-P
and J'Nathan Bullock 11-P with a game-high 8-RB.
    Thomas Kennedy topped the Titans with 14-P and senior Chris Hayes added 10-P
off the UDM bench.
   The Titans fell to 5-15 overall and 0-10 in the HL. The Vikings went to 14-8 and 5-5.


@ FARGO, ND:     The Summit LGE leading North Dakota State Bison snapped their
four game losing skid vs Oakland University by beating the Golden Grizzlies for
the first time ever, 81-71 Thursday night.
    ND State's only conference loss of the season had come at OU on JAN 2ND by
a 77-76 score.
    An Erik Kangas 3-pointer for Oakland had tied Thursday's contest at 64-all with
6:35 left on the clock, but the Bison then went on a 13-0 run to salt the game away.
    All five North Dakota State starters scored in double figures led by Mike Nelson's
game-high of 21-P. Ben Woodside had 16-P plus a game-high 10-A.  Lucas Moormann
added 14-P, Brett Winkelman 12-P and Michael Tveidt 11-P.
    Will Hudson led Oakland with a new career-high of 18-P. Johnathon Jones had
17-P. Kangas and Keith Benson both scored 13-P with Benson grabbing a game-high
    NDSU improved to 15-5 overall including 9-1 in the Summit LGE with its 11th
consecutive home court victory. Oakland dipped to 13-10 and 6-4.


@ MATTHAEI BLG GYM:     Wayne State opened a four game homestand with a 75-50
men's basketball win over hapless Tiffin.
    The Warriors held a commanding 41-24 halftime advantage and cruised from
there to end a 3-game losing skid by beating the only winless team in the GLIAC.
WSU shot 52% (28-of-54) from the field to Tiffin's 36% (18-of-50) and out-rebounded
the visitors 45-24.
    Wayne's Jerry Oden was game-high with 21-P while Shane Lawal added 11-P
and Bryan Edwards 10-P.
    Alex Strok had 14-P and Darryle Miller 13-P for the TU Dragons.
    WSU is now 6-10 overall including 4-8 in GLIAC action. Tiffin is 1-16 and 0-12.


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