The Spartans defeat the Mastadons 79-57. I only caught this one on radio–and missed the first 10 minutes or so–but it sounds like MSU broke fast out of the gates. They built a 36-17 lead with 7 minutes left in the first half. But IPFW used a 17-5 run to close within 4 with five minutes gone in the second half. MSU did enough to pull away down the stretch for a comfortable win.
Neitzel led the Spartans with 18 points; he was 3-5 on 3-point attempts but only 3-9 on 2-point attempts. He took the Spartans Weblog’s advice by putting up a lot of shots early–he scored 16 points in the game’s first 12 minutes. But he contradicted the SW’s assertion that he tends to score more points in the second half than the first–he only put up 2 points the rest of the way.
A few statistical notes from the box score:
- Another solid offensive rebounding performance: 15 of 34 opportunities (44.1%).
- IPFW turned it over 22 times on 70 possessions (31.4%). PG Demetrius Johnson handed it over 7 times. Those of you lucky enough to have ESPNU (if, in fact, such people exist) can comment whether this was MSU forcing turnovers or IPFW making unforced errors.
- Hard to overcome those first two things if you’re IPFW. MSU took 11 more shots from the field and 14 more shots from the line than IPFW did.
- Marquise Gray put up a very efficient 15 points: 5-7 on FGs, 5-6 on FTs. Still no assists for the entire season, though (as spartanproducer pointed out the other day).
- Despite Chris Allen’s absence due to injury, Isaiah Dahlman only got 5 minutes–most/all of them in garbage time. I fear Mr. Dahlman is now on the transfer-in-the-offseason track.
Next game: San Jose State. Wednesday night at 8:00. Breslin Center. Big Ten Network.
Other newsworthy Big Ten results today:
- Michigan lost to CMU 78-67, as reported by official Spartans Weblog MAC correspondent Big Cut Bob in the comments section of the previous post. Michigan turned the ball over 23 times in 69 possessions (33.3%). That’s not good.
- Purdue knocked off #22 Louisville 67-59 to improve to 6-2 on the season. Looks like Louisville couldn’t buy a basket. They hit only 7 of 30 3-point attempts (23.3%) and 11 of 27 2-point attempts (40.7%), for a putrid effective FG% of 37.7%.