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>>caption: LUCAS LED MSU BACK
INTO BIG TEN WINNING WAYS<<
@ STATE COLLEGE, PA:
Michigan State found the tonic
for their three game losing skid in
the form of Big Ten last place Penn
The Spartans kept the Nitany
Lions winless in conference play
with a 65-54 Saturday matinee
PSU stayed close and even went
ahead 46-44 on a 3-pointer by David
Jackson with 12:24 remaining.
MSU immediately responded with a 13-0 run to put the game away with
all the points coming from forwards Durrell Summers and Delvon Roe.
Penn State had gone an impressive 27 consecutive possessions without
a turnover. However at crunch time, poor PSU clock management and
Michigan State defense combined to keep the Lions without a field goal
for more thgan 6-mins.
MSU tightened its interior defense all game long, allowing Penn State
guard Talor Battle often uncontested outside shots. Battle went 7-for-11
on 3-point attempts and scored a game-high 30-P. Jackson added 10-P,
but the rest of the Lions combined for only 14 more.
Restored to the starting lineup but still limping on his sprained right
ankle, Kalin Lucas scored eight of MSU's first 10-P and 10 of the first 15.
Lucas hit a 3-ball for a 60-48 Spartan lead with 4:59 to play. Lucas had a
team-high 24-P on 10-of-15 shooting with a game-high 6-A and just one
Chris Allen was 4-of-6 on triple tries and added 14-P for MSU. Summers
was next best with 9-P.
Michigan State left Lucas back-up Korie Lucious at home for failure
"to meet academic obligations." Lucious has not lost his academic eligibility.
The #10-ranked Spartans improved to 20-6 overall including 10-3 in the
Big Ten. Penn State fell to 8-16 and 0-12.
Saturday results left 10-&-3 MSU a half game ahead of Purdue, Ohio State
and Illinois (all 9-3) and one game up on Wisconsin (9-4) in the B10 men's hoops
MSU H-COACH TOM IZZO: "It's hard to play well against good teams without
your quarterback, and our quarterback might have played his best game of the
year [Saturday]...Kalin...he was under control....That six or seven minute stretch
defensively [holding Penn State scoreless] was maybe our best six or seven minutes
that we've played all year."
MSU GD KALIN LUCAS: "I was fine in the first half and I just kept trying to move
[his ankle] around. The second half I was good, too."
PSU GD TALOR BATTLE: "They locked in defensively really well, and at the same
time we didn't execute offensively."
@ MATTHAEI BLG GYM:
The Findlay Oilers edged the Wayne State Warriors in a 101-99 Saturday afternoon,
triple overtime, run-&-gun in Detroit.
Wayne State led 45-26 at halftime by shooting a sizzling 72.7% (16-of-22). Findlay
scratched back and forced the first overtime on a Tyler Sparks layup with 3-sec left
in regulation. The Oilers had to stage another comeback in the third OT when they
trailed 97-94 with 3:26 left, but outscored WSU 7-2 the rest of the way and went ahead
to stay at 99-97 on a Jack Smith layup with just under 2-mins left.
UF's Nathan Hyde had a game-high and his new career-high of 34-P on 11-of-20
shooting, 3-of-7 from behind the arc and 9-of-10 at the line. Marcus Parker added
28-P including 13-of-15 at the charity stripe. Jason Wehri had 16-P and a game-high 11-RB.
Wayne had six players score in double figures. Bryan Smothers had 25-P, Jerry Oden 18-P,
Bryan Wright 15-P, Ike Udanoh 14-P, Ian Larkin 12-P and Bryan Edwards 11-P. Edwards
had a perfect shooting contest of 4-for-4 from the field and 3-of-3 at the foul line.
Findlay improved to 17-6 overall including 13-5 in the GLIAC. Wayne State is now
10-12 and 8-10.
@ CALIHAN HALL:
Wisconsin-Milwaukee sank a dozen 3-pointers to top the Detroit Titans 71-60
Detroit Mayor and NBA HoFamer Dave Bing served as Detroit's guest coach.
Milwaukee recovered fromn a slow start to go up 32-31 at the half and then
built a 59-47 margin midway through the 2nd-H. The closest UDM came after
that was a 5-P defecit at 59-54 with 5:06 remaining off a 7-0 run.
Ricky Franklin scored a game-high 16-P and James Eayrs 15-P for Wisconsin-
Milwaukee. Tony Meier had 12-P.
UDM's Eli Holman had 13-P with a game and career-high of 18-RB for his eighth
double-double of the season. Thomas Kennedy also scored 13-P and Chase Simon
12-P. Woody Payne had a 9-P, a game-high 4-STL and a game and new career-high
The Panthers are now 14-12 overall and 6-8 in the Horizon LGE. Detroit is
15-12 and 7-8.
@ KANSAS CITY, MO:
Oakland University concluded its final road trip of the regular season with its
fifth straight win (2-0 on the trip), 83-71 at UMKC Saturday night.
The Golden Grizzlies shot a season-high 63% from the field (29-of-46) and
outrebounded their hosts 34-27.
Oakland's Johnathon Jones had game-highs of 23-P and 5-A, Larry Wright
added 20-P and Keith Benson double-doubled with 16-P and a game-high 13-RB.
Trey McKinney-Jones had 22-P, LaTreze Mushatt 21-P and Jay Couisnard 12-P
for the Kangaroos.
Oakland beat UMKC for a seventh consecutive meeting to go to 20-8 overall
(its second straight 20 win season) and a Summit LGE leading 14-1. UMKC is now
11-14 and 5-9.
OU will conclude the regular season with three O'Rena home games before
the Summit LGE tournament in Sioux Falls, SD early next month.
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