Penn State falls 77-57 to No. 11 Michigan State
Penn State refused to be routed the first time No. 11 Michigan
State had a chance to pull away for an easy victory.
The Nittany Lions, though, couldn’t stay consistent enough to
keep its comeback hopes.
Draymond Green had 23 points and 12 rebounds and made some
timely shots to help No. 11 Michigan State beat Penn State in a
77-57 on Wednesday night.
Nittany Lions coach Patrick Chambers was not encouraged that his
team didn’t go away easily when it looked like the Spartans were
going to be able to coast for the last 10 minutes of the game.
”It’s a 40-minute game the last time I checked,” he said.
The last-place Nittany Lions (10-15, 2-10 Big Ten) have lost
five straight and eight of nine.
”We compete for stretches, but we need to compete for 40
minutes,” Chambers said. ”We need to do that soon and time is
Tim Frazier scored 19 on 6-of-18 shooting for the Nittany
Penn State posed a brief threat by pulling within five points
midway through the second half, but Green made a layup on the next
Frazier later made a jumper to make it 55-49, but the Nittany
Lions couldn’t stop Green from making a three-point play on the
next trip down the court with 7:03 left in the game.
”Coach Izzo did a great job, he got the ball to Draymond
Green,” Chambers said. ”We couldn’t defend him.”
The Spartans closed the game with a 22-8 run, restoring the rout
and improving to 15-0 at home this season.
Reserve Jermaine Marshall scored 12 and Nick Colella added nine
points for the Nittany Lions.
Michigan State (19-5, 8-3) is a game behind Big Ten-leading and
third-ranked Ohio State, setting up a big game Saturday on the road
against the Buckeyes.
Adreian Payne matched a career high with 12 points and freshman
Branden Dawson also had 12, scoring in double figures for the fifth
straight game, for the Spartans.
Penn State, which has lost all seven of its road conference
games, got off to an awful start and finished poorly.
The Nittany Lions missed their first eight shots and needed
nearly 8 minutes to score, but didn’t trail by too much because the
Spartans also started 0-for-8 before beginning to make shots to
build a 9-0 lead.
Michigan State led 33-19 at halftime despite making just 27
percent of its shots and turning the ball over 10 times because
Penn State shot 21 percent and had nine turnovers.
The Spartans were effective early in the second half on offense
but later let the Nittany Lions score 10 straight points.
Green played a big role in dashing Penn State’s hopes with
shots, assists, rebounds and defense.
Michigan State’s Keith Appling had 10 points and seven