MSU falls hard to Maryland, 80-62, in roughly a 66-possession game. Unofficial box score.
- I once called Goran Suton “MSU’s most indispensable player.” I’m disappointed to now have a data point that backs up that claim.
- Raymar Morgan’s proclivity to pick up cheap fouls is apparently a chronic problem. Which gives me a sense of enormous dread about the rest of this season. In the shorter term, I suppose he should at least be well rested for tomorrow night’s game after only playing 14 minutes tonight.
- Travis Walton was obviously the singular reason MSU had any shot at winning this game: 16 points on 8-10 shooting. But that reach-in foul he picked up with seven seconds left on the shot clock with the scored tied at 43 felt like a real momentum changer. Walton had to go to the bench, and the Terrapins proceeded to go on a 23-6 run.
- When your top two inside scorers are both on the bench, having your best perimeter shooter struggle sure doesn’t help. Chris Allen: 5 points on 10 FG attempts, no three-point makes.
- Couldn’t ask for much more from Marquise Gray: 7 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 17 minutes. A couple defensive lapses where he lost his man in the lane, though.
- I was surprised to see that MSU had 15+ offensive rebounds. But when you miss 33 FG attempts and 15 free throws, you’re bound to grab at least a few of those misses. And not many of those offensive rebounds turned into points.
- Maryland from 3-point range: 9-19. For a team that didn’t look like a good outside shooting team on paper, their shooting strokes sure looked good tonight.
- MSU from the free throw line: 12-27. When Allen missed two of three free throw shots late in the second half, you knew it was officially contagious.
- If you’re looking for a ray of hope, look at those last two sets of shooting stats again. Both pretty flukey.
- Another flukey stat: Idong Ibok was the only Spartan other than Kalin Lucas to have more than one assist. Somehow, he finished with three.
- As much as the team’s offense looked bad, the defense concerns me more. A lot of confusion making switches on picks that led to lay-ups or open three-point looks. MSU’s run to get back into the game late in the first half was fueled by their only stretch of solid man-to-man defense, which led to transition opportunities.
- I have to say that a record of 2-4 a week from now looks much more likely than a record of 4-2 does. The road to conference play looks very long and very treachorous at the moment.
In addition to severely damaging MSU’s credibility as a top ten team, this loss damages many of our basketball-viewing weekends. I don’t have immediate access to ESPNU and probably won’t go out of my way to find it. Game time is 8:00 tomorrow night against the Gonzaga-Oklahoma State loser. Fire up those radios, I guess.