Spartans Struggle Against Gamecocks

While some question the power of television in college sports, Michigan State knows, national exposure is something you cannot put a price tag on. Tuesday night, the Spartans took on South Carolina coming away with a somewhat sloppy performance and victory.

With a 10 p.m. tipoff, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo knew there would be a few challenges, but the sloppy performance disappointed the Spartans head coach.

"I don't want to take anything away from Darrin Horn, because he is not only a friend, but I thought his team did a head of a job, but I was very disappointed in mine."

Izzo felt players pressed a little and because of foul trouble, he was never able to get the lineup on the floor he desired.

"We were in foul trouble and we couldn't get the right lineups in there." Izzo said after the game. "They had 21 offensive rebounds, which I'm not sure has ever happened to us. We had five turnovers at halftime and ended up with 19, which is almost an ungodly number I have ever seen."

Despite his team's performance, Izzo was extremely happy with the Spartan faithful for showing up with such a late tip.

"The crowd was phenomenal and I can't thank all of them enough. The students got here early and were here late, and on a late night, that says a lot, but we didn't give them what they deserved, that I'm very disappointed in."

Leading the Spartans was Durrell Summers who posted 22 points to go with 6 boards. However, while Summers enjoyed a solid performance, Draymond Green came up big with a double-double scoring 18 points and pulling down 12 boards to go with 4 blocks.

Also scoring in double figures was Delvon Roe who scored 15 points while pulling down 5 boards and giving out 6 assist.

Bruce Ellington led South Carolina with 22 points as the Gamecocks hit only 35% from the field on the night.

The Spartans got off to a solid start taking a 42-25 lead to the locker room at the half, but South Carolina did not back down and out scored the Spartans 48-40 in the second half. Coach Izzo stressed following the game his team's poor performance on defense and at the line.

"Missed free throws and turnovers I think decimated our second half performance."

The Spartans move to 2-0 on the season and are set to travel to Hawaii and play Chaminade on November 22.

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