Spartans Get Beat, "Out Toughed" and Out Played in 20 Point Loss to Purdue: 67-47

Hondo S. Carpenter

 

It was a long miserable day for the Spartan Nation today!  Photo courtesy of Mark Boomgaard.
It was a long miserable day for the Spartan Nation today! Photo courtesy of Mark Boomgaard.

 

Breslin Center

East Lansing, MI

 

The Spartans got blown out today by a score of 67 to 47. For the third straight game the only Spartan to play well was Kalin Lucas. The loss sent the Spartans season record to 16-12 (8-8) in the Big Ten. I still maintain with 1 win in their final two games this next week they are in the dance. Sadly, this team should never be in this spot.

 

After the game a distraught MSU head coach Tom Izzo lamented, “I’ll say I am disappointed, but that has been a reoccurring statement this year. For some reason after giving them two days off we looked tired.” He added, “We never gave our fans a chance to get in the game…we could never get home advantage because of us.”

 

Purdue head coach Matt Painter who had his Boilermakers ready for the contest said of the game, “We did a good job. If you take care of the basketball and take good shots it doesn’t help them transition.” He went on to say later in his press conference, “Got to prove it on the road. I think today we did that.”

 

Kalin Lucas afterwards wasn’t consoled by yet another terrific performance. He had 23 points including 7-7 at the line. Once again Lucas was the only Spartan in double digits. He also played 36 minutes. He told me in the locker room after the contest, “If I play well or not, a loss is a loss. I would rather score ten points and get a win. We got out toughed, missed a lot of lay ups and turned the ball over and that lead to easy lay ups.”

 

Izzo said of his star adding yet another warrior type performance to his resume, “I don’t think as good, but I thought he had had seven or eight straight good performances. He hung in there. I was pleased with the way Kalin played.”

 

Durrell Summers continues his struggles. He went 1-4 shooting for a total of three points. The Spartans shot 33% for the game. They also were out rebounded (38-36) and had more turnovers (12-10).

 

The Spartans have two games left in the regular season. Next is tilt on Wednesday March second against Iowa and Saturday the fifth of March against rival Michigan in Ann Arbor. A win against either team would get the Spartans to a .500 record in the Big Ten and based on their schedule will almost certainly get them in the dance. 

Breslin Center

East Lansing, MI

 

The Spartans got blown out today by a score of 67 to 47. For the third straight game the only Spartan to play well was Kalin Lucas. The loss sent the Spartans season record to 16-12 (8-8) in the Big Ten. I still maintain with 1 win in their final two games this next week they are in the dance. Sadly, this team should never be in this spot.

 

After the game a distraught MSU head coach Tom Izzo lamented, “I’ll say I am disappointed, but that has been a reoccurring statement this year. For some reason after giving them two days off we looked tired.” He added, “We never gave our fans a chance to get in the game…we could never get home advantage because of us.”

 

Purdue head coach Matt Painter who had his Boilermakers ready for the contest said of the game, “We did a good job. If you take care of the basketball and take good shots it doesn’t help them transition.” He went on to say later in his press conference, “Got to prove it on the road. I think today we did that.”

 

Kalin Lucas afterwards wasn’t consoled by yet another terrific performance. He had 23 points including 7-7 at the line. Once again Lucas was the only Spartan in double digits. He also played 36 minutes. He told me in the locker room after the contest, “If I play well or not, a loss is a loss. I would rather score ten points and get a win. We got out toughed, missed a lot of lay ups and turned the ball over and that lead to easy lay ups.”

 

Izzo said of his star adding yet another warrior type performance to his resume, “I don’t think as good, but I thought he had had seven or eight straight good performances. He hung in there. I was pleased with the way Kalin played.”

 

Durrell Summers continues his struggles. He went 1-4 shooting for a total of three points. The Spartans shot 33% for the game. They also were out rebounded (38-36) and had more turnovers (12-10).

 

The Spartans have two games left in the regular season. Next is tilt on Wednesday March second against Iowa and Saturday the fifth of March against rival Michigan in Ann Arbor. A win against either team would get the Spartans to a .500 record in the Big Ten and based on their schedule will almost certainly get them in the dance.

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