Spartans Pushed By Silverswords But Survive

As expected, Michigan State found Chaminade up for the challenge during their 82-74 win in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.

While the Spartans left the court with a victory in hand, they now know they have been pushed by a team many did not give a chance to winning. Chaminade, a Division Two program, found Steven Bennett and Mamadou Diarra capable of matching up and willing to push the Spartans in all phases of the game.

Kalin Lucas, who looks, as if he is back or close to 100% healthy, led the Spartans. Lucas shot 11-of-20 from the field and ended with a career high 28 points. Korie Lucious poured in 13 points and Draymond Green tossed in 10 points to go with his 9 rebounds.

Chaminade saw four players finish in double figures on the night as Bennett scored 20 points to go with 11 assists, while Diarra blocked 5 shots to go with his 16 points and 12 rebounds.

One player that caught the Spartans by surprise was Shane Hanson who poured in 5 three-pointers to finish with 15 points on the night.

The Spartans early struggles saw head coach Tom Izzo shuffle his lineup to push the ball as the team was out rebounded by Chaminade as they pulled down 31 total boards while the Spartans countered with 28.

The Spartans will have a quick turnaround and return to the court Tuesday night against Connecticut who defeated Wichita State earlier in the day 83-79 at 7 p.m. (EST).


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