Neitzel, 6-foot-1, from Wyoming Park (MI) high school helped calm the Spartans during a critical stretch taking care of the basketball and appearing to thrive under the pressure. The Hawkeyes had cut a Michigan State lead, that at one time was 22 points, down to three.
Insert in place of a shaky senior guard Chris Hill, Neitzel broke down a defender and fed junior forward Paul Davis in the post for his only assist of the contest. It couldn't have come at a better time, giving MSU a five-point margin when Iowa appeared to ready to steal the ballgame.
Reinserted for defensive purposes, Hill then made an excellent jump pass to Davis after a MSU stop and Davis was fouled. However, he uncharacterically missed both free throws.
Then it was Tim Bograkos, taking a charging foul on Iowa's Jeff Horner, who also was credited with a basket on the play. Bograkos converted the free throws and with MSU playing tough defense with the clock running out, Iowa had no choice but to foul Torbert.
Tobert led the Spartans with 16, Alan Anderson, who fouled out with about five minutes remaining chipped in with 11 points, Davis added ten. Maurice Ager,who along with Shannon Brown struggled with their shot all day, had eight and seven points respectively.
MSU coach Tom Izzo blamed the Spartans shaky play down the stretch on foul trouble. "We were playing so tentatively because of the foul trouble we were in," he said. "We had everybody and their uncle in foul trouble and no one got into the flow of the game."