Michigan State edges Northwestern on the road

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Michigan State edges Northwestern on the road

Post  Admin on Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:55 am

Michigan State’s 13-point lead quickly evaporated in the final minutes and instead of coasting to a victory over Northwestern, the Spartans were on the verge of losing control.
Then Draymond Green got his 11th and biggest rebound of the night, an offensive board off a free throw miss by teammate Kalin Lucas. Green dropped the ball in the basket with 12 seconds to go and the 18th-ranked Spartans held on for a 65-62 victory.

Green finished with 15 points and Durrell Summers and Lucas had 12 points apiece for the Spartans (10-4, 2-0 Big Ten), who beat Northwestern for the 15th time in the last 16 meetings.

Michigan State made a strong defensive effort against the Northwestern’s John Shurna, the Big Ten’s leading scorer at 22.2 points who has been bothered by a sore ankle.
Shurna was just 1-for-11 shooting and missed four of his five 3-point attempts while scoring 11 points. Drew Crawford led the Wildcats (9-3, 0-2) with 17 points.
Michael Thompson had 12 points, nine in a late 12-0 run that helped the Wildcats chop a 13-point deficit down to a single point with 28 seconds left.
Summers hit a 3-pointer and Lucas a pair of jumpers during a 7-0 run that put the Spartans up 10 with just under 10 minutes left. The Spartans increased the lead to 13 on a Lucas jumper with 3:47 to go and appeared to have victory wrapped up.


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