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>>caption: HARRIS LONG-BOMBED
FOR A GAME-HIGH 22 POINTS<<
@ BRESLIN CENTER:
Fr-GD Gary Harris scored a
career-high 22-P to pace the
Michigan State offense in an 84-61 Saturday matinee win vs Purdue.
Harris scored 11-P in each half and went 6-for-8 from 3-point range.
In a game with seven ties and seven lead changes, MSU was ahead 36-30
at the half. The Spartans missed their first 10 field goal tries of the 2nd-H,
but then put the game away with a 28-7 run. Adreian Payne gave State the
lead for good at 41-39 with his pair of free throws 5:12 into the 2nd-H.
Purdue foiled their chances to stay in the game by going just 6-of-16 at
the free throw line in the second stanza, many of their misses coming on the
front end of a 1-&-1.
Five Spartans scored in double figures. Branden Dawson had 14-P with a
game-high 11-RB. Travis Trice had 12-P, Denzel Valentine 11 and Derrick Nix
10. Limited by foul trouble, Keith Appling scored just 6-P but had a game-high
A.J. Hammons was 8-of-12 shooting and 4-of-10 at the line to top Purdue
with 20-P. D.J. Byrd had 14-P, but only 3-P after halftime. Terone Johnson
MSU improved to 12-3 overall. The Boilermakers are 7-7. Both teams are
1-1 in Big 10 play.
MSU H-COACH TOM IZZO: "I think we beat a good team, but we're still not
playing like we need to play if we're going to make any type of noise in this
conference...I asked [Gary] Harris to be more aggressive and I thought he
played a heck of a game, and I thought Travis Trice did an unbelievable job,
and as crazy as it sounds being 2- 6 [from the field], Keith Appling ran our
team pretty good. He had eight assists, he had one turnover, he was getting
pressure and he made proper decisions. I was really pleased with the way
MSU GD GARY HARRIS: "I'm sure my mom was nervous with that being her
alma mater [Joy Harris played for Purdue and the WNBA Detroit Shock], but
I know she's happy with the outcome of the game...The difference was
Branden Dawson. He was a big spark for us. We just followed him."
PUR H-COACH MATT PAINTER: "We wanted to try to limit their touches inside
...we just allowed way too many looks. Gary Harris really killed us. Obviously,
hitting six threes, he got into a rhythm...You can't let a guy like that get going."
@ CALIHAN HALL:
The Detroit Titans shot only 37.5% (21-of-56) from the floor, but 90.5%
(a season-high 38-of-42) from the line and beat Wisconsin-Green Bay 84-76
Ray McCallum had 26-P and Jason Calliste 20-P for UDM. McCallum was
just 6-of-15 from the field and Calliste 3-of-12, but the pair combined for
25-of-27 at the charity stripe including 8-of-9 over the final 1:10 to
clinch the contest.
Ahead 42-37 at the half the Titans never trailed after intermission.
Alec Brown's free throws brought the Phoenix within 71-68 with 3:05
Juwan Howard Jr. added 16-P, Doug Anderson 12-P and Nick Minnerath
10-P for Detroit-Mercy.
Keifer Styles led G-Bay with 21-P. Greg Mays added 18-P plus a game-high
9-RB. Brown had 16-P and Sultan Muhammad 11-P.
By winning their 17th consecutive home game (over two seasons) the
Titans climbed to 10-5 overall with a 2-0 start in Horizon LGE action. Green
Bay is 6-9 & 0-2.
@ THE MATTHAEI:
Wayne State had to go to overtime to stay unbeaten (7-0) in GLIAC
play with a 65-61 Saturday afternoon decision over visiting Findlay.
Greg Kahlig's layup with 48-sec remaining in regulation gave the Oilers
a 55-53 lead. Gerald Williams-Taylor countered with his own layup for WSU
with 28-sec left to force the extra frame.
Wayne scored six of the first eight points of the OT and never trailed
thereafter. Chene Phillips' layup 1:07 into overtime gave the Warriors the
lead for good at 59-57.
Mike Hollingsworth led Wayne State with 15-P and Cole Prophet had 13-P.
Ian Larkin scored 12-P and grabbed a game-high 9-RB. Williams-Taylor tallied
only 6-P, but had the last basket of regulation and WSU's first bucket of the
Findlay's Jack Smith was game-high with 17-P. Brad Piehl added 13-P, Kahlig
11-P and Aaron Robinson 10-P.
Wayne is 9-2 overall. Findlay is now 9-3 with a 6-2 GLIAC mark.
@ TUSCALOOSA, AL:
The Golden Grizzlies hung with the Crimson Tide for the first 11 and a half
minutes, but Alabama beat Oakland 65-45 late Saturday afternoon in non-con
After four consecutive OU misses a 3-pointer by Levi Randolph put Bama ahead
to stay 14-12 with 8:27 left in the 1st-H. Alabama held a 29-23 halftime advantage
and built upon that following the break.
Trevor Releford had a game-high 18-P, Randolph 15-P and Rodney Cooper 11-P
for the Tide.
Duke Mondy had 11-P for OU. Travis Bader & Matt Poches both scored 10-P.
Alabama improved to 8-5. Oakland fell to 7-10.
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