Michigan State Spartans Dominate, Dissect and Destroy Nittany Lions 82-67
East Lansing, MI
The good news was that the Spartans got Adreian Payne back tonight. The bad news is that they lost Keith Appling to his ever nagging wrist injury. The better news? The dominated Penn State from the moment the Lions got off the bus as they rode to an F 82-67 win!
It was dominance. So much so that PSU head Coach Pat Chambers called it, “He (Izzo) does a great job of finding a mismatch against us. From the start here they were terrific. They came and played with a lot of fire and passion. They played that much better. I thought we would give them a game. That is a high level team. Two starters out and that is how they play? We got outhustled. They played at such a high level and the basket looked like an ocean to them.”
Tom Izzo declared, “I don’t know. It was a strange game. I thought we did a great job. Dominating performance.”
The Spartans had 22 assists on 28 baskets and shot 47%. They shot an astounding 52% from the three.” They out rebounded the Lions 42-30 and had five players in double digits. Denzel Valentine shined bright in the absence of Appling with 11 boards, 11 points, six assists and four steals.
Izzo said of Valentine, “Valentine gets a double double and six assists. Early in the game he was out of control for a little bit. Then I thought he did a great job. I think it was one of Denzel’s better games after those first five or six minutes.”
Chambers said of Valentine, “Got in the paint a lot and made a lot of great players. Especially coming off of that Georgetown game they really stepped it up.”
Adreian Payne’s return to action had him 18 minutes and he scored 12 points. Perhaps his biggest play was when he was wide open for a three at the top of the key and he dished to Alvin Ellis III for a big three pointer. This team played some of the most unselfish basketball that we have seen in a long time.
The Spartans next game is Sunday at Wisconsin in the Kohl Center. That game will be a 1 PM tip and you can see it on CBS.