Green leads Michigan St past Iowa 92-75 in Big Ten
Iowa came on strong at the end of the season.
Now, the Hawkeyes must wait to see if their surge was good
enough to draw a postseason bid.
Draymond Green had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 8
Michigan State over Iowa 92-75 in the Big Ten tournament
quarterfinals on Friday.
Josh Oglesby scored 20 points for Iowa (17-16). Zach McCabe and
Roy Devyn Marble added 13 points each for the Hawkeyes, who entered
Friday’s game having won four of six games, including high-profile
wins against Indiana and Wisconsin.
The Hawkeyes think they’ve earned the right to continue their
”I think it would be great for the program to get an NIT bid
and continue playing and fight for something,” senior guard Matt
Gatens said. ”The young guys need it. Practices and more games is
great for the program. We’ll find out.”
Adreian Payne added a career-high 16 points, Keith Appling had
12 points and six assists, and Brandon Wood had 10 points for the
top-seeded Spartans (25-7), who shot 58 percent.
Michigan State played its first game without forward Branden
Dawson, a freshman who tore a left knee ligament in the
regular-season finale against Ohio State.
The Spartans didn’t need him against the Hawkeyes, who have the
Big Ten’s worst defense. Michigan State defeated Iowa 95-61 on Jan.
10, and this one wasn’t much different.
A reverse layup by Derrick Nix, then a putback by Green on Nix’s
missed free throw put Michigan State up 26-22 midway through the
first half. A 3-pointer by Payne pushed the lead to 31-22 and
forced Iowa to call timeout.
The Spartans made 21 of 30 shots in the first half and 6 of 11
from 3-point range to take a 55-39 lead. Three Spartans scored in
double figures in the first half, with Payne’s 12 points leading
the way. Payne came in averaging just under seven points.
Iowa made 12 of 26 shots overall and 5 of 11 from long range in
the first half, a respectable showing that normally would keep a
team competitive. But Michigan State left Iowa with little margin
for error. The Spartans committed only four first-half turnovers
and had 10 second-chance points on five offensive rebounds. Iowa
didn’t grab its first offensive rebound until 2:39 remained in the
The Spartans led by as many as 28 points in the second half.
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