Neitzel was aided by quick starting freshman forward Raymar Morgan who joined some elite company (Ervin "Magic" Johnson among others), scoring in double figures for his third straight game as a freshman with 10 points. Even freshman Isaiah Dahlman got off the snide, scoring 10 for MSU in the laugher.
What likely pleased Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo the most was his team's defensive effort against the overmatched Bulldogs who the Spartans held to just 29.4% shooting.
The Spartans jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back in this contest.
``We didn't play very sharp or execute very well," complained the coach. ``I'm disappointed because I'm thinking we are going to take a couple steps forward before we go to New York. We took a couple steps forward on Thursday and we took a step and a half backwards today. I guess that shouldn't surprise me with a young team, but some of it to me is unforgivable. We have to get more out of our big men."
Izzo has noted that overmatched teams have been holding the ball, milking the shot clock and forcing MSU to play defense for long stretches at a time before the Spartans get the ball back. His concern is that MSU isn't rebounding and getting the ball inside so that the guards get better looks outside.
``I think again, this is a difficult thing for a young team, to play 34 seconds of defense on most possessions, said Izzo.
``(This makes) two out of the three teams (we've played) now that are really running down that shot clock and it makes it hard to try to get the ball back. I guess this is why guys struggle with wondering how guys are going to handle success.
MSU moved to 3-0 before heading to the Big Apple before facing Texas in the semi-finals of the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer.