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

season.

”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

first half.

The Spartans led by as many as 28 points in the second half.

Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/cliffbruntap