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C-HOOP.....W 1/13/10
Posted on: 01-13-2010

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>>caption:  GREEN DUNKS ON MINNY<<

@ BRESLIN CENTER:

    Both sides placed fierce defense
from start to finish, but Michigan
State was strong at the end of both
halves and beat Minnesota 60-53
in Big Ten men's basketball Wednesday
night.
    State made it seven straight wins
and 12-of-13 vs the Golden Gophers,
keeping Minny winless in the last 13
years at East Lansing.
    Minnesota had a brief 19-15 lead
with 6:12 remaining in the 1st-H off a
Damian Johnson layup and a pair of
free throws by Colton Iverson. MSU
then went on an 18-6 run to end the half to go up 33-25 at intermission. Kalin Lucas
started the surge with a 3-pointer (his only basket of the 1st-H), followed by
Draymond Green's dunk that put State ahead to stay 22-21. Durrell Summers scored
State's next 6-P for half of the dozen he had in the opening half.
    Michigan State expanded their bulge to 11-P twice in the 2nd-H and were still
up 48-38 on a Lucas triple with 11:13 left to play. Minnesota then went on an 11-3
burst capped by Johnson's steal and coast-to-coast fast-break for a dunk to pull
the Gophers within 51-49 with 5:13 remaining. The Spartans then closed on a 9-4
run highlighted by a 3-pointer and an acrobatic in-lane layup by Chris Allen, a
steal and block by Green on consecutive Minnesota possessions and 4-of-4 sealing
free throws by Lucas.  
    Although Lucas was only 3-of-14 shooting he led MSU with 14-P. Summers had
13-P with a game-high 8-RB. Green and Raymar Morgan scored 8-P each.
    Minnesota's Lawrence Westbrook was game-high with 15-P and Johnson added
14-P. Al Nolen had 9-P and Ralph Sampson III had 8-P.          
    Although Minnesota started with an early 9-4 rebounding edge, State out-boarded
the visitors 33-32. Each team had six blocks. Michigan State forced 14 Gopher
turnovers while the Spartans committed only eight including just three after halftime.
The defenses limited MSU to 36.2% shooting (21-of-58) and Minny to 40.7% (22-of-54).
Coming off a career-high 27-P in Minny's last game against Ohio State, Minnesota's
Blake Hoffarber was held to just 4-P on one basket in each half.
    It was the 15th consecutive home court win for the #8 ranked Spartans, who
improved to 14-3 on the season including 4-0 in the Big Ten. Minnesota is 12-5 and 3-2.
    The win was the 350th of Tom Izzo's collegiate head coaching career. Izzo is now
350-140, all with MSU.

QUOTEBOOK...

MSU H-COACH TOM IZZO:   "To be honest with you, that game went just how I
expected it to go. I knew it was going to be a knock-down, drag out game...
Durrell made some shots, and he also got some big time head-on-the-rim rebounds.
That was when we were getting our tails kicked in the first half, and I think that
definitely turned the game around."

MSU FWD DELVON ROE:   "When someone tries to punk us in our own house, we
weren't going to let that happen."

MINN H-COACH TUBBY SMITH:   "Our kids played hard, but there were some things
we didn't do down the stretch. We had a couple turnovers at the end that really
cost us...Good teams do what Michigan State does. They find a way to win games."

MINN GD LAWRENCE WESTBROOK:   "I've never won here and this was the best
chance we'll ever have to beat them here."

OVERTIME:

    Minnesota's bench scored only 3-P.
    Tied with Illinois atop the conference standings at a perfect 4-0 each, the
Spartans will host the Fighting Illini Saturday.

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