No. 14 Michigan St. 90, Prairie View 51

Tom Izzo watched his team play on TV from his home a few miles

from campus.

Izzo had to like what he saw during his one-game suspension,

even if he probably didn’t like having to serve it.

Durrell Summers scored a season-high 25 points, leading the

14th-ranked Spartans to a 90-51 win Saturday night over Prairie

View A&M.

The NCAA forced Izzo to miss a game because the school employed

someone associated with a potential recruit during a basketball

camp in June. The person was paid $475 for five days to work with

middle school-aged campers.

”I know he was dying,” Michigan State forward Draymond Green

said. ”Coach isn’t the type of person to miss a practice or film

session, let alone a game. Knowing the type of person he is, it was

eating him up inside.”

No one with ties to Izzo recalls him missing a Michigan State

game since Jud Heathcote hired him away from Northern Michigan to

be a part-time assistant in 1983.

”I’d love to know who turned him in on this,” Heathcote said

in a telephone interview Saturday from his home in Spokane, Wash.

”It sounds to me like a crock. It’s ridiculous.”

Associate head coach Mark Montgomery led the team in Izzo’s

absence and said he didn’t get any tips from his mentor during the

game.

”There was no halftime talk,” Montgomery said. ”No text

messages.”

The Spartans (8-3) won easily, as expected.

Green scored 11, had eight rebounds and four assists, Kalin

Lucas had 10 points and a season-high eight assists and Delvon Roe

added 10 points.

Michigan State’s Korie Lucious, who aggravated his injured right

ankle, was limited to eight minutes and Keith Appling didn’t play

in the second half because he was dizzy.

”I don’t think it’s a concussion,” Appling said.

Trant Simpson scored 17 and Demondre Chapman of Flint had 13

points for the Panthers (2-10) from the Southwestern Athletic

Conference.

Prairie View coach Byron Rimm said he was disappointed he didn’t

get to share the same sideline with Izzo.

”Tom Izzo has been one of my idols for a long time,” Rimm

said. ”I’m not going to say it depressed me, but I really wanted

to see him and go against him.

”But if you had to pick a game – I’d pick Prairie View,

too.”

The Texas-based school extended the longest nonconference road

losing streak in Division I basketball, dropping its 64th straight

since a win at Houston in 2002.

”It was one of those games that our team is going to learn

from,” Rimm said. ”Even though Izzo wasn’t here, that’s a great

basketball team.”

Michigan State won its 52nd straight game at home against

nonconference teams – since to a loss to Duke in 2003 – and that

streak will be probably get tested Wednesday night against No. 22

Texas at the Breslin Center.

Izzo will be back for that game and likely will be even more

fired up to coach.

”I know he’s ready to get back at it,” Green said. ”We have

film at 10:30 in the morning and he’ll probably be here at 7.”

Izzo told his team after practice Friday that he had been

suspended, then told reporters he was upset about the situation he

called isolated and inadvertent before leaving on a recruiting

trip.

The coach with a national championship and six Final Fours on

his resume returned to observe Michigan State’s pregame shootaround

from a distance in the arena.

”He didn’t say anything,” Lucious said. ”He just sat there

and watched. I knew it was hard for him and it was different for

us.”

The Spartans, playing for the first time in a week, looked fresh

and focused from the start against Prairie View.

Michigan State scored the first seven points of the game,

quickly built and maintained a double-digit lead and was ahead

42-27 at halftime. Summers’ slam gave the Spartans a 30-point lead

midway through the second half and they cruised to the easy

victory.

The Spartans have won two straight after losing three of six –

to Connecticut, at Duke and against Syracuse.