East Lansing, MI
The Michigan State Spartans got all they could want from Loyola Chicago today. The Ramblers were more physical, better disciplined, but in the end they were outmanned. As with the case of most mid major programs they just didn’t have the horses to play forty minutes with MSU and the Spartan won 73-61.
Ramblers head coach Porter Moser said of the game that, “We have to take experience from this game. You just can’t be happy to be close at this level. We can compete at this level. I was proud that we got down ten in the first half and the guys didn’t panic. We have to learn to compete for forty minutes the way you do it early. Happy with the effort and disappointed by the outcome.”
Tom Izzo said of the contest that, “Tough game. We didn’t play great, but we didn’t play bad. We had a couple of bad stretches. Some of our guys had some insane turnovers trying to do things they shouldn’t do.”
Izzo’s youngsters led the way. Gary Harris nailed five three pointers and had 20 points to lead the Spartans. Harris point total is the highest of his young career in what may become a very short career at MSU. Denzel Valentine one three pointer and added a solid six points. Clearly court was held and MSU knows that they youngsters will lead them.
The Spartans have now won 70 straight non-conference home games against unranked opponents. That is a pretty amazing stat about consistency if you ask me.
The Spartans improve their record on the season to 8-2, but this win showed many of the Spartans warts and wrinkles. With only two easy alphabet soup games left before the season really takes off against Texas, that isn’t a good thing.
The Spartans are liable when they are forced to play a half-court game. With all of the talent the Spartans have on this team, their downfall could be the half-court game.
The Spartans next game is back in the friendly confines of Jenison Fieldhouse. They will take on Tuskegee. That game is next Saturday at 9PM and that game can be seen on ESPNU.