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C-HOOP.....W 2/4/09
Posted on: 02-04-2009

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>>caption:  SUMMERS (with ball)


    A pair of consecutive home court
defeats gave the Spartans two hard
slaps to the face.
    One on each cheek.
    With first place in the Big Ten
men's basketball race on the line, Michigan State stayed on top alone by ending
its Breslin slump and blowing out Minnesota 76-47 Wednesday night.
    State made 51% (26-of-51) of its shots from the field but Minny only 28.8%
    MSU's Durrell Summers personally outscored the Golden Gophers 17-16
in the opening half.
    State started the game on an 8-0 run and quickly made it 13-1 on Summers'
third triple of the early going and then his jam off an alley-oop pass. Minnesota
made only 3-of-18 shots by the time Michigan State had completed a 17-0 run to
go up 32-9. After leading by as many as 27-P before intermission, MSU held a
42-16 advantage at the break.
    Summers gave the Spartans a 4-0 burst to open the 2nd-H for a 30-P lead
at 46-16. State didn't slack off even though it had a big bulge and the margin
stayed right around the 30-P level the rest of the game. After the subs came in,
MSU led by 31-P just before the end.
    Summers didn't score again after getting the first four points of the second
half, finishing with a game-high 21-P because MSU coach Tom Izzo substituted
freely. Chris Allen added 13-P and Kalin Lucas 10-P. Twelve of the 14 Spartans who
played scored.
    Devoe Joseph matched his career-high of 11-P as the only Gopher in double
    In sweeping the season series from Minnesota, the #13-ranked MSU squad
went to 8-2 in conference play. The #19-rated Golden Gophers fell to 6-4 instead
of deadlocking the Spartans. Both teams are 18-4 overall.
    State went up a game and a half on a trio of idle, second place teams:  Illinois,
Penn State and Purdue. An MSU loss would have put five teams within a half game
of each other in the Big Ten's upper crust.


MSU H-COACH TOM IZZO:   "It felt good to play 40 minutes, not 20 or 15. We beat
a very good team that didn't play very well tonight...Travis (Walton) set the tone
with his defense. And Kalin got the ball to the right guys, especially Durrell...I told
Tubby (MN H-Coach Tubby Smith) that was the best half we've played all year."

MSU GD DURRELL SUMMERS:   "I was excited, but I kept trying to do more. I think
I got a little more excited because I was playing a little defense."

MINN H-COACH TUBBY SMITH:   "When you have the type of shooting we had, it
makes for a long, long night. They just outworked us and got every rebound and
every loose ball."


    The 16-P allowed were the fewest given up in the 1st-H by the Spartans this
season and the second time they've given up under 20 (18-P to Kansas 1/10/2009).
    Lucas scored in double figures for the 13th straight game.
    MSU played without FWD Raymar Morgan, still sidelined with walking pneumonia.
    Michigan State has won 10 of its last 11 against Minnesota to even the all-time
series at 56 wins each. Tom Izzo is 18-7 all-time vs Minnesota.
    Gophers coach Tubby Smith is 2-8 all-time vs MSU including his time with Kentucky.
The 29-P final margin was the largest gap in a Minny defeat under Smith and the 47-P
equalled a Gophers low since Smith became coach.  
    Minnesota has lost 3-of-5 after starting the season 16-1.


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