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No. 7 Michigan State Spartans Edge Out No. 15 Iowa Hawkeyes in OT, 71-69

January 28th, 2014 at 10:39 PM
By MacK Lester

Michigan State’s men’s basketball team traveled to Iowa City, Iowa this week to take on the 15th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. Still riddles with key injuries, the Spartans were able to stand tough. While their play wasn’t pretty, the Spartans came out on top in overtime, 71-69, snapping Iowa’s 20-game home win streak.

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Still without the assistance for Branden Dawson, and Adreian Payne, two key big-men, the Spartans again spread the minutes with the bench, and kept the potent Hawkeyes at bay.

Another challenge for MSU, was Iowa’s ability to keep the ball out of sophomore Gary Harris’ hands. If he did get the rock, they were able to shut him .Harris was held to only nine points for the day, shooting 3-9, 0-4 from the arch. He did manage six rebounds, four assists, and a block.

Senior guard Keith Appling led the way with his 16 points. He also notched four assists, three steals and three boards.

Denzel Valentine notched 12 points and six rebounds.

Matt Costello did well on the glass, as he notched a double-double with 12 boards and 11 points. He also recorded two assist and two blocks.

Travis Trice came off the bench and produced 10 points, shooting 3-5, all from behind the arch.

The clutch moment of the game was indeed Russell Byrd’s three-pointer with 34 seconds left in overtime to give MSU a six point lead.

Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble recorded the game-high 21 points.

Michigan State now stays at second in the Big Ten Conference with an 8-1 record, 19-2 overall. Next they play a non-conference game with Georgetown University on Saturday, February 1st. The game will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. It will air live on Fox Sports 1, at 3pm Eastern Time. 

Tags: Adreian Payne, Branden Dawson, Denzel Valentine, Gary Harris, Georgetown University, Iowa Hawkeyes, Keith Appling, Matt Costello, Michigan State, Michigan State Spartans, MSU, NCAA, Russell Byrd, Travis Trice

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