Spartans Spank Hawks

In a point guard performance reminiscent of Magic Johnson, Marcus Taylor sliced and diced the Hawks with 34 points and 9 assists. Iowa trailed by twenty points before rallying to cut the deficit to just two points. However, the energy expended in that burst left the Hawks tank empty as MSU rolls 93-79.........

Marcus Taylor doesn't wear the #1 for nothing. Saturday, he was number one on the court as he dominated the game completely. The Breslin Center has been the home of a host of great point guards. Magic Johnson, everybody's all-time point guard, led the Spartans to the NCAA title in 1979. Matteen Cleaves did likewise two years ago. However, the game displayed by Marcus Taylor is a possible omen of great things in the future for Spartan basketball as Taylor is a sophomore.

Taylor, who broke a career-high with 32 points against Ohio State last Tuesday, hit 10 of 18 shots, including 9 of 12 from the line and had just two turnovers.

"I'm just trying to push the ball more in transition and trying to be aggressive. I wasn't thinking about that the first game, but I have been thinking about being more aggressive offensively and defensively. The thought is to make plays and keep pushing things. The way the ball is coming off my hands right now, I feel like I'm going to hit every shot I take" said Taylor.

Iowa used three different point guards against Taylor, all to no avail as he dominated the game from coast to coast.

Freshman Kelvin Tolbert, Taylor's running mate, scored 11 points before leaving the game with a badly bruised back in the first few seconds of the second half.

Adam Ballinger added 13 for the Spartans to help propel Michigan State to a season high 93 points.

The loss gives Iowa an 0 for the road in the Big Ten this season.

Luke Recker led the Hawks with 20 points, while Reggie Evans added 13. Evans came off the bench as he is still troubled by a deep thigh bruise. He was held to a career low three rebounds.

The game marked the regular season end for Big Ten play.

The Big Ten basketball tournament begins Thursday in Indianapolis. Iowa will draw either Purdue or Michigan.

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