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LOOSE BALL VS PENN STATE<<
@ BRESLIN CENTER:
In a closer than expected contest
the #11 nationally ranked Michigan
State Spartans held off Big Ten last
place Penn State 67-65 Thursday night.
Trailing by 10-P midway through the 2nd-H, PSU rallied to go ahead off a 12-0
run 58-56 when MSU was 0-for-7 shooting with a trio of turnovers. The Nittany
Lions went up again 62-60 on a pair of Chris Babb free throws with 2:32 left to play.
A Draymond Green dunk tired the contest at 62, then Raymar Morgan put
MSU ahead to stay 64-62 by sinking a pair of free throws with 1:24 remaining.
However, Morgan had help hitting the second shot on his second try because
the first time when Morgan missed the second attempt Penn State's Talor
Battle was called for a lane violation.
Penn State hsad an opoportunity to go ahead with 52-sec left, but David
Jackson moissed a 3-point attempt. When Durrell Summers turned the ball
over, then stole it back, Morgan was fouled and made another pair of charity
tosses with 12-sec on the clock to make it 66-62.
Babb's triple got the Nittany Lions back within 66-65 with 8-sec on the clock.
Kalin Lucas made the first but missed his second foul shot with 5-sec showing.
After Battle got the ball on the missed FT rebound, he couldn't get off a last
MSU's bench outscored the depth deprived Lions 26-1 and the Spartans had
a 39-26 rebounding advantage.
Morgan had 16-P plus 8-RB for MSU. Birthday Boy Green (his 20th) scored 14-P
and grabbed a game-high 9-RB. Lucas and Summers scored 9-P each.
Babb and Battle both scored 16-P for PSU. Jeff Brooks added 13-P and D.J.
Jackson 12-P. Battle had a game-high 8-A.
The Spartans snapped a rare two game Breslin losing skid to go to 23-7 overall
and 13-4 in the Big Ten. MSU swept the season series from PSU. If Michigan State
beats Michigan at Breslin in Sunday's regular season finale, the Spartans will tie
Ohio State (whose season has ended) and perhaps Purdue (which plays Saturday
against Penn State) for the Big Ten men's basketball championship.
Penn State had won three of its last four after starting the conference season
0-12. The Lions are now 11-18 overall and 3-14 in the Big Ten.
MSU H-COACH TOM IZZO: "Somehow, thanks to a couple of guys, we found a way
to win the game. But I'm not happy with the way we played...We just let that
10-point lead dissolve in a matter of...it seemed like seconds. Maybe it was minutes
...I just do not like the way we approached that game. We were playing for everything.
And there are some guys who lost some confidence. And there are some guys who are
bummed out. And there are some guys who aren’t blaming anybody else; they’re blaming
themselves. But the only guy who deserves blame is me, because I’ve been saying the
same things just about all year. And I’m the one who controls that. That’s why I’m going
to have some fun. We’re going to do it more like old times. We’re going to do it the right
way. And if someone doesn’t want to do it that way, you’ll see a change in lineups. You’ll
see some changes or you’ll say ‘Wow, they’re playing right.’ There are too many people
I owe it to."
MSU FWD RAYMAR MORGAN: "It's that time of year when you have to step up. But
[Penn State] wouldn't quit. They made some big shots."
PSU H-COACH ED DeCHELLIS: "It's been a very tough year for us, and this is kind of
how the games have gone, what you saw this evening. But our kids have fought and
played hard and continued to execute."
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