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SPARTANS SURVIVE.....MICHIGAN STATE 75, Gonzaga 71, T 11/17/09
Posted on: 11-17-2009

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>>caption:  MORGAN HAD 16-P OFF THE BENCH<<


    The New Zags gave MSU a scare Tuesday night
before Michigan State pulled out a 75-71 win over
    The Bulldogs led almost the entire game, by 13
at 23-10 with 7:56 to go in the 1st-H, 35-30 at
halftime and by 40-30 just 3:07 after intermission.
    MSU's Durrell Summers was clutch down the
stretch and scored 17 of his game-high 21-P in
the 2nd-H.
    With seven newcomers and three redskirts
Gonzaga is almost an entirely rookie squad. The
Zags featured three players 6-foot-11 or taller to
bother the undersized 3-guard MSU lineup.
Inexperienced Gonzaga played with veteran-like
poise and determination until running into foul trouble in the closing minutes.
    Michigan State helped dig its own deep hole with early cold shooting and
10 turnovers in the first 11-mins.
    State then showed its experience and rallied late, getting three key
scores off of set plays following Coach Tom Izzo timeouts and MSU extended
its home court unbeaten streak vs non-conference foes to 41 games.      
    Summers made a jumper to give State a 2-0 lead 5-sec into the game. MSU
didn't go ahead again (47-45) until a Derrick Nix put-back with 11:58 left in the
2nd-H. That edge was short lived and a 4-point play by Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin
put the visitors back up 54-49. The Spartans then outscored Gonzaga 16-10 over
the final 5:01 yielding only two field goals in the process.
    Summers made a layup to briefly tie the game 65-all and then sank a 3-pointer
to put State ahead to stay 68-67 with 3:05 to play. Kalin Lucas made the second of
two free throws and Raymar Morgan hit a layup off a tight inside feed from Chris
Allen (after Allen got his own rebound) for a 71-67 margin.
    Gonzaga got within one again when Steven Gray hit a jumper and Elias Harris
made the second of two foul shots.
    A Lucas layup put State ahead 73-70 with 37-sec remaining, Draymond Green
missed a chance to ice the game by missing two free throws (his only two missed
charity tosses on the night) and Gonzaga's Demetri Goodson split a pair of free
throws with 7-sec left to make it 73-71. Summers sank two foul shots with 5-sec
on the clock for the 75-71 final.  
    After shooting at only a 32.1% clip in the 1st-H (9-of-28), Michigan State was
hot at 55.2% (16-of-29) in the 2nd-H.
    Summers with 21-P and Lucas with 19 gave MSU 40 of its 75-P. Morgan had 16-P
on 3-of-8 shooting and 10-of-11 at the line. The next best Spartan was Green with
6-P on one field goal and by going 4-of-6 at the line. Summers had a game-high 11-RB
and Green 10 boards while Lucas added a game-high 5-A.
    Gonzaga's balanced attack was led by Harris and Robert Sacre with 17-P each,
Bouldin with 15-P and Gray with 13-P.
    The #2 nationally ranked Spartans improved to 2-0 and Gonzaga is now 1-1.


MSU H-COACH TOM IZZO:   "Where you have to give our guys credit is, even though
they executed poorly for most of that game, out of timeouts they were dynamite...
The guys have to execute them and make shots and I felt that they were very well
executed...We just ran a lot of good things and they seemed to execute. If we could
convince the NCAA to have 50 timeouts we're going to have a chance to win some games."

MSU GD DURRELL SUMMERS:   "It was the kind of game we needed, especially this early
in the year."

GONZAGA H-COACH MARK FEW:   "If you come in to Michigan State and play a Tom Izzo
team, the first thing you have to do is compete, and our guys really competed. We battled
and I thought we executed pretty darn well because we got the shots we wanted to get time
and time again down the stretch. They defended well, but I thought we executed well enough
to get some great looks. The shots just didn't go down. Michigan State made some great plays,
like that three-pointer from the top. I almost think (Summers) double-pumped it. Every time
we play these guys it seems like it's a great battle...it's like a big chess match."  



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