Just when they thought things couldn’t get any worse, the Spartans hit the bottom
By Antonice Strickland
MSU Spartans hosted the Michigan Wolverines for a basketball game that has been predictable since 1997. This is the first Spartan home loss to rival Michigan in 14 years. The frustration of the crowd and players grew as the clock ticked away, ending the game in a 61-57 loss for the Spartans.
This game is not the only loss Coach Tom Izzo and the Spartan team has to work through. Losing junior guard Korie Lucious for the rest of the season may definitely take a toll on the team’s success. Senior guard Kalin Lucas ran the point for most of the game, scoring 27 points. Senior forward Durrell Summers scored 13, with only three coming in the second half.
“Of course I have to put this team on my back,” Lucas said. “I’ve been doing it since I’ve been here. I’m definitely going to keep doing it.”
A key player junior forward Draymond Green worked hard to keep the Spartans in the game, scoring nine points with only three rebounds. He fouled out toward the end of the game, with painful frustration on his face.
The Spartans were able to get on a 13-2 run to shorten the Wolverine lead by two. With 58 seconds left, freshman guard Keith Appling tried his skill with a 3-point shot that skimmed the basket, turning the possession back to the Wolverines. U-of-M guard Stu Douglass hit the clutch 3-point shot with 22 seconds still on the clock.
Despite negative thoughts, the team still has faith they can overcome all of their current adversities and make it to the NCAA tournament.
The Spartans will host Indiana in the Breslin Center Sunday.
An Easy Win…Right?
By Allen Martin
It was supposed to be an easy “W” right? Wrong. The Michigan State Men’s basketball team may have pushed their record to 2-0 against South Carolina on Tuesday night, but struggled to fend off the Gamecocks in an 82-73 win.
The game tipped off at 10 p.m. as part of ESPN’s annual “College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon” and proved to be a match-up worth staying up late for. The Spartans started the first half firing on all cylinders. One player who particularly stood out was junior forward Delvon Roe, who had 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and a block by halftime. He was everywhere on the court, having arguably his best game as a Spartan. Roe finished with 15 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds.
Michigan State had many uncharacteristic lapses throughout the game and South Carolina seemed to capitalize on each and every one of them. The biggest lapse had to do with turnovers, acquiring 19 throughout the game, 14 of those coming in the first half. This is what kept the game close, allowing the Gamecocks to compete with the 2nd-ranked Spartans.
As the game reached its final minutes, South Carolina freshman guard Bruce Ellington hit a three-pointer to bring the Gamecocks within six points with 2:13 left to play. This would be the closest they would get as the Spartans pulled away during the rest of the game. This win marked the 49th straight win against a non-conference team for Michigan State.
Other notable performances include Michigan State senior guard Durrell Summers as he put up 22 points and junior forward Draymond Green, with 18 points, 12 rebounds, 6 steals, and 4 blocks.
The Spartans may have won this game, but not in the way they wanted. Other than turnovers, Michigan State allowed 11 three-pointers and shot 17 for 34 from the free-throw line. These things must improve if the Spartans plan on making another trip to the final four.