March 7th, 2014 at 12:19 AM
By MacK Lester
Three Michigan State seniors saw the minutes on the floor of the Breslin Center for the last time on Thursday evening. For many fans, and even some players, it was bittersweet. Keith Appling, Adreian Payne and Dan Chapman played their final minutes at home for senior day, along with the rest of the Spartans, as they pushed through to victory over the 24th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, 86-76.
Appling was able to help lead the Spartans once again. After battling his wrist injury, and showing a troublesome and scoreless first half, he began to show his old self again in the second. For the first time in five weeks, the senior guard from Detroit, Michigan scored in double digits. Appling notched 12 points, shooting 4-7, including 2-3 from behind the arch. In addition he contributed three assists and three boards for the night.
"The fans really took some ownership with him," Head coach Tom Izzo said. "When I saw everyone in the upper deck rise up after he hit that 3, I told him, `Everyone in this building has your back."'
Adreian Payne finished his tenure at the Breslin in good fashion. He scored 14 points in the game in addition to his four boards and block.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 4th, 2014 at 6:55 PM
By MacK Lester
The Michigan State women’s basketball team capped off their regular season on a high note. With their victory over the Indiana Hoosiers, 76-56, they finish their conference play with their fifth win in a row, an overall record of 21-8, and a conference record of 13-3. They were able to tie with the Penn State Lady Lions for a share of the Big Ten Regular Season Title.
Red-shirt freshman Aerial Powers led the pack with the game-high production of 23 points. She also recorded six assists, two blocks, three steals, and 10 boards to round out the double-double.
Freshman guard Tori Jankoska followed suit with 15 points. She also notched three assists and seven rebounds.
Annalise Pickrel was able to help cap off her final regular season start as a Spartan. The senior from Grand Rapids, MI put up some solid numbers as she scored 14 points as well as two assists, two blocks, and seven boards.
Fellow senior Klarissa Bell also put up six points, two assists, two blocks, three boards and a steal.
Junior Becca Mills put up 11 points and seven rebounds.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 2nd, 2014 at 6:05 PM
By MacK Lester
In their first game in nearly two months in playing at full strength, the Spartans couldn’t stay in rhythm. They fell at home to the visiting Illinois Illini yesterday afternoon, 53-46.
The Spartans started out the game completely out of sync. Illinois kept up the defensive pressure early on, forcing six turnovers on MSU and only letting them score three baskets in the first seven minutes.
"They defended very well, which they've been doing," MSU head coach Tom Izzo said. "They turned us over a lot and turned those turnovers into touchdowns."
This game also marked Branden Dawson’s return from his hand injury. While still playing with a brace, he was able to come off the bench and produce. In 25 minutes played, he notched six points, two steals, a block, and seven boards.
"I thought Dawson played phenomenally despite the 30-some-odd days he's missed," Izzo said.
Star sophomore Gary Harris was the only Spartan to score in double digits. He scored a game-high of 19 points. In addition he notched four steals and five rebounds.
Adreian Payne was held to four points in the game, but did manage to grab seven boards.Read more... Join the Conversation...
February 24th, 2014 at 7:07 PM
By MacK Lester
Michigan State took another loss on the road as they loss to in-state rival, the Michigan Wolverines. In addition to losing the game, the Spartans gave the Wolverines the sole lead in the Big Ten as the conference play is winding down. In a game that was close for most, in the end Michigan pulled away with the 79-70 win.
"Normality is not going to hit our team," Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said. "I still think we have enough to do it without being normal, I really do. I think we have enough different pieces where we can still make a serious run at this league championship and beyond."
Gary Harris, the star sophomore, again led the Spartans in scoring with 21 points in the game. Adreian Payne followed suit with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Denzel Valentine also notched 13 points, six assists, and eight boards.
While the Spartans did well on the boards, they failed to keep the ball secure. As a team the Spartans committed 13 turnovers compared to Michigan’s three.Read more... Join the Conversation...