Spartans Sneak by Penn State 67-65 in a Lackluster Performance

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Even Sparty has to be getting frustrated with this team.  Photo courtesy of Mark Boomgaard.

Even Sparty has to be getting frustrated with this team. Photo courtesy of Mark Boomgaard.

Breslin Center

East Lansing, MI

 

No one said that this team could ever make it look easy and they didn’t. The Spartan team that went down to West Lafayette and beat the #3 Boilermakers didn’t show up tonight at the Breslin.

 

They had on MSU uniforms, and they looked like the Spartans and they played at the Breslin. That was the only similarity to Saturday’s team. Once again this schizophrenic group almost snatched a loss from the jaws of victory. 

 

Mike Kebler was the star of this game. With :48 left he got the ball and stopped the Lions cold. Izzo praised him, “Thank God for Mike Kebler…He deserved to play and thank God we have him.”

 

Raymar Morgan and Draymond Green led in the stats. Morgan had 16 points and eight boards along with Green’s 14 and nine rebounds. The Spartans turnover issues returned for the second game in a row with 17, but again they had an amazing 39-26 rebounding advantage. “I thought Green and Morgan played pretty hard,” was Izzo’s thoughts on his stars.

 

PSU shot at amazing 59% from the field in the second half as the Spartans defense could only be found on a milk carton somewhere. 

 

Speaking of defense in the crowd, the Spartan Nation #1 recruit for the 2011 recruiting class Lawrence Thomas was in the house in MSU gear watching the game. At the 3:31 left in the second half, the Izzone chanted Law-rence Thom-as, much to this young stars satisfaction.

 

To the credit of the Lions, they were down as many as 11, but they didn’t quit. They fought back to take the lead 58-56 with 5:44 in the contest. “That is what our season has been like, but these kids have never quit,” was what head coach Ed DeChellis had to say about his team.

 

Talor Battle had 16, but talked smack all night long to not only the players, but Izzo too. He questioned the Spartans heart and their ability to guard him.

 

The Spartans now stand one win from at least part of a Big Ten title, but they are more backing into it then winning it. The frustration is that this team can look like world-beaters one moment and disappear the next. “I am flat out embarrassed (by the way they played the game)” was Izzo’s post comments.

 

Next up is Michigan at the Breslin on Sunday. I wonder what Spartan team will show up?