Michigan State closed the first half on a 13-2 run to cut Minnesota’s lead down to 39-38 at the break. Travis Trice nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, his third of the half. He leads the Spartans with nine points as Keith Apppling and Gary Harris both sat with two fouls. Derrick Nix has had … Continue Reading →
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Minnesota continues to control the game late in the first half as Michigan State can’t make a shot and is doing a poor job of defending the post. The Gophers are shooting 64 percent from the field while the Spartans are at 48 percent. Derrick Nix is getting plenty of good looks, but simply can’t put … Continue Reading →
Minnesota looked like it was going to break things open, taking a 25-16 lead midway through the first half, but Michigan State has fought back. Two quick 3-pointers, one from Denzel Valentine and the other from Gary Harris, have cut the Minnesota margin to 27-23 with 6:32 to play in the half. A charging call … Continue Reading →
Michigan State and Minnesota are both shooting the ball well and the result is a tight game with the Gophers leading 19-16 with 11:02 to play in the first half. Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne have played together for several minutes now but it hasn’t helped defensively as the Gophers are getting some easy looks.
Plenty of energy in the opening minutes here at Williams arena. Michigan State has handled the Minnesota pressure OK, except for an early turnover from Gary Harris. This is a tough environment for the young Spartans, especially Harris and Denzel Valentine and each has turned the ball over. It will be big for Derrick Nix … Continue Reading →
After nine days off, the Michigan State basketball team is set to get back to playing as it faces No. 11 Minnesota at 2 p.m. The Spartans have won five straight at Williams Arena, but this Minnesota team might be the best Tubby Smith has had. The Gophers have lost only once and that was … Continue Reading →
Dan Conroy, who has struggled for most of his senior season, connected on a 47-yard field goal with 1:01 to play to put Michigan State up by one point over TCU. TCU has one timeout and is coming off a 53-yard field goal from its kicker. It will start at its 31.
Michigan State caught the biggest break of the game when TCU’s Skye Dawson fumbled a punt inside his own 10-yard and the ball was recovered by RJ Williamson at the TCU 4-yard line. Two plays later, Le’Veon Bell scored on a 4-yard run and the extra point put the Spartans ahead 14-13 with seven minutes … Continue Reading →
Michigan State made a change at quarterback, started to feed its best player and has now gotten back in the game late in third quarter. Redshirt freshman Connor Cook came in for Andrew Maxwell and helped lead a 14-play drive with the help of some outstanding running by Bell, and a throw from the quarterback. Cook … Continue Reading →
Essentially nothing went well for Michigan State in the first half against TCU. The Horned Frogs are outgaining the Spartans 204-76 while the Spartans have picked up just three first downs. Quarterback Andrew Maxwell is just 6-for-13 and has almost been intercepted three times. Le’Veon Bell has been held to 38 yards on 11 carries. … Continue Reading →