Spartans Travel to Purdue and Get Beat Up 80-63
West Lafayette, IN
The Michigan State Spartans fell to 16-11 (8-6) with the loss today to the Purdue Boilermakers. The undersized simply had no answer for the bigger Boilers. It was men among boys in the paint as former MSU commit and current Boilermaker “Biggie” Swanigan had 24 points, 15 boards and five assists. Fellow Boiler big Isaac Haas added 18 points and Purdue owned the paint with a 42-24 scoring advantage.
MSU shot 42% on the day while the Boilermakers hit 51%. Shockingly the Spartans won the battle of the boards 32-31. MSU was an abysmal 40% from the free throw line while only getting there 10 times. Conversely the Boilers shot 84% from the line while getting their 25 times.
Purdue head coach Matt Painter said of the contest that, “We wanted to not let him (Miles Bridges) get the ball on the post. It is hard when you have guys who can shoot the ball like they do, but it was a total team job. He is a great player and a very very talented player. It is a tough matchup. I think it comes down to us and decision making. We want to get the ball inside against anybody and at home you get a little better whistle in team play.”
Miles Bridges led the Spartans with 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Matt McQuaid had a nice game adding 11 points and three rebounds while Alvin Ellis III reached double digits for the second straight game contributing 10 while grabbing five boards. Those are the only Spartans to reach double digits.
Tom Izzo said of the game, “Strange game. They created some problems for us and we tried to double some in the second half, but we just gave up so many open shots. We were so scared of the three point ball…and they made five in one stretch. We missed shots inside and outside. They outplayed us in every aspect of the game.”
With 9:18 to go in the game and the Spartans losing 63-44 senior Eron Harris went down. It didn’t look good and they took him off on a stretcher. In a very class move by the Purdue faithful, as he was wheeled off the court gave him a standing ovation. Izzo added of the injury that, “They got it listed as a badly sprained knee. What that means I don’t know. He will get an MRI when he gets back home. It doesn’t look like anything great. Other than that I have no idea, I just saw him right before you guys saw me. It is sad because that kid has been working his butt off and working his tail off, he has become a better leader and he will be out for a while, but who knows how long. I guess we will find that out on Monday. (He was) on crutches, not walking. I just saw him walk by on crutches.”
The Spartans return to action on Thursday at 7PM. They will play host to the Nebraska Cornhuskers and that game can be seen on ESPNU.