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No. 7 Michigan State Spartans Falls to Georgetown Hoyas, 64-60

February 2nd, 2014 at 1:19 PM
By MacK Lester

In a small break from scheduled conference play, the Michigan State Spartans traveled to New York City, NY, where they took on the unranked Georgetown Hoyas at Madison Square Garden. Still handicapped without two key players, the Spartans were man-handled in the post and would fall to the Hoyas, 64-60.

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For the third straight game, the Spartans are forced to play without their key big-men, Adreian Payne (ankle) and Branden Dawson (broken hand). Because of this, the Spartans are forced to play without toughness and physicality in the paint. They also struggle to keep up when it comes to rebounding. The Hoyas won the battle of the boards, 37-30.

Denzel Valentine led the Spartans in rebounding with seven. Valentine also contributed 11 points and three assists.

Gary Harris contributed a game-high of 20 points. He shot 7-16, including 4-10 from behind the arch.

Senior guard Keith Appling was limited to seven points but notched six dimes and four rebounds.

Kenny Kaminski came off the bench and contributed 10 points, an assist, four rebounds and two blocks. He shot 3-7, making only three-pointers.

With the win, Georgetown snaps a five game losing streak. Michigan State on the other hand falls to 19-3, but hold steady in the Big Ten at 8-1.

Michigan state will return to Big Ten play as they host the Penn State Nittany Lions on Tuesday the 6th in East Lansing, MI. The game is set to start at 9 pm Eastern Time and will air live on ESPN. 

Tags: Adreian Payne, Branden Dawson, Denzel Valentine, Gary Harris, Georgetown Hoyas, Keith Appling, Kenny Kaminski, Michigan State, Michigan State Spartans, MSU, NCAA, Penn State Nittany Lions

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