MSU Spartans hosted the Michigan Wolverines for a basketball game that has been predictable since 1997. This is the first Spartan home loss to rival Michigan in 14 years. The frustration of the crowd and players grew as the clock ticked away, ending the game in a 61-57 loss for the Spartans.
This game is not the only loss Coach Tom Izzo and the Spartan team has to work through. Losing junior guard Korie Lucious for the rest of the season may definitely take a toll on the team’s success. Senior guard Kalin Lucas ran the point for most of the game, scoring 27 points. Senior forward Durrell Summers scored 13, with only three coming in the second half.
“Of course I have to put this team on my back,” Lucas said. “I’ve been doing it since I’ve been here. I’m definitely going to keep doing it.”
A key player junior forward Draymond Green worked hard to keep the Spartans in the game, scoring nine points with only three rebounds. He fouled out toward the end of the game, with painful frustration on his face.
The Spartans were able to get on a 13-2 run to shorten the Wolverine lead by two. With 58 seconds left, freshman guard Keith Appling tried his skill with a 3-point shot that skimmed the basket, turning the possession back to the Wolverines. U-of-M guard Stu Douglass hit the clutch 3-point shot with 22 seconds still on the clock.
Despite negative thoughts, the team still has faith they can overcome all of their current adversities and make it to the NCAA tournament.
The Spartans will host Indiana in the Breslin Center Sunday.
By Antonice Strickland