At the December 8th game against the Loyola University Chicago Ramblers, freshman Gary Harris was the star of the game, scoring 20 points for the Spartans 12 point-lead win. The Spartans won, 73-61. It was a huge comeback win for the team, and a victory for Harris, who has only recently shed the sleeve on his sprained left shoulder.
14 of Harris’ career-high 20 points came in the second half of the game when he shot seven for eleven from the field and five for seven three-pointers. Teammate Adreian Payne helped the team march toward victory with 14 points of his own in the second half and 10 rebounds for a team that’s 8-2. Travis Trice brought home 11 points, and Keith Appling added eight points of his own.
Perhaps one of the Ramblers biggest mistakes was leaving Harris open. The freshman likes to take shots at the basket whenever he gets a chance. Ben Averkamp, a Loyola University Chicago Rambler had 25 points for his team. Even so, the Ramblers were no match for the Spartans.
The Spartans kept the rival team working the entire forty minute game. They gained a 22-9 lead early on, which they quickly turned into a 52-41 lead. Throughout the game, the Spartans shot 49% of the time from the field while the Ramblers only took shots 36% of the time in the field. This discrepancy shows how hard the Rambler’s worked to try to catch up and overtake the East Lansing team’s lead. And they did, for a short time. It just wasn’t possible to hold onto the lead for very long.
The Spartans closed the game with their 70th straight win against an unranked team at home. On Saturday, December 14, each of the teams will be playing a game to pay tribute to the game, 50 years ago, that led to the integration of college athletics. The Spartans will host the Tuskegee University Golden Tigers at the Jenison Field House.
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