In what could best be described as a low-scoring first half, the Michigan State Spartans held off the Minnesota Golden Gophers for as long as they could, taking an early lead and preventing the Gophers from scoring for eight minutes. The defense was looking good out there on both sides, and the Spartans were doing their best to block the Gophers in the first half.
With Travis Trice out of the game, the Spartans started with Brandon Dawson, Keith Appling, Adreian Payne, Gary Harris, and Denzel Valentine. The game had rare playtime for Russell Byrd and Matt Costello when at one point out of the ten players on the court, only 3 were starters. Minnesota’s Trevor Mbawke had a scary moment when he landed on his hand and wrist, but he was able to take the line following a foul despite the injury.
Scorers for Michigan State thus far in the game include Appling with 6, Harris with 6, Dawson with 3, and Valentine with 3. The team dropped the ball when they left high scorer Andre Hollis ungaurded for the three-point on the Gophers’ team. In order to take back the lead and win the game, the Michigan State Spartans will have to be more on target with the shots they take and they’re going to have to make absolutely sure they are guarding the lead scorers on the Gophers team. You can bet that Tom Izzo is giving the Spartans a good halftime talk in the locker room right now.
Go Green! Go White!