MSU Wins but Iowa Played Spirited

Posted: March 11, 2011 by Austin Bramley in Iowa Hawkeyes Football, Spartan Basketball, Uncategorized
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For the third time this season Iowa and Michigan State matched up and played another Big Ten basketball game. Except this game was in the first round on the Big Ten tournament and much closer than the first two. In a game where Michigan State made every shot when they needed to they won 66-61. This was a must win game for both Iowa and Michigan State. With only 11 wins on the year, Iowa of course needed to win the Big Ten tournament to get into the big dance. Michigan State on the other hand may have just punched their ticket.

It took a while for this game to get into full swing as both teams came out a tad flat.  Once both teams got rid of the first round gitters, Michigan State ran out to a 7-2 lead over the Hawkeyes.  Iowa wasnt going to lay down for the Spartans, they fought back slowly and tied the game at 24 with 5:18 seconds remaining. At this point Iowa had several opportunities to take the lead for the first time but never could. They either missed free throws or Michigan State hit shots when need be. Iowa tied the game again at 28 and 31 but played from behind the whole half. Michigan State went into the locker room with a 33-31 halftime lead.

Iowa was charged up to put the ball in play in the second half and it showed when they took the lead and scored the first four points in the second half.  Iowa’s Devon Marble recorded a steal and then quickly passed the ball up court to Eric May who then threw down a dunk, got fouled and made the free throw, and Iowa took an eight point lead. That was Iowa’s largest lead of the game. As shocked as some of the viewers watching this game on TV were, it looked like MSU was more shocked. As most Izzo coached teams do, they react well coming out of a timeout as did this team. They went on a quick 12-2 run and were up 59-57.  Iowa re -tied the game at 59 and 62 before losing 66-62.

Iowa had a chance to take the lead in the end but like how the hole game went, they couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity in hand. With 30 seconds left in the game the senior Jarryd Cole had the ball in the post and turned it over to give it back to MSU, Iowa later fouled to put Durrell Summers to the free throw line. after two Summers free throws, Iowas Matt Gatens put up a well contested three-point shot but missed, game over. Michigan State wins. Draymond Green led the Spartans in scoring with 21 points and recorded a double double with 14 rebounds. Iowa was led by Byrce Cartwright with 14 points.

Michigan State will look to improve their resume as they will play Purdue tomorrow in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. Iowa on the other hand, their season is finished at 12-20. They had an excellent end of the season with an abundance amount of heart. Stayed tuned to the site as the staff at Big Ten Nation continues with up to the second updates.


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