Questionable calls doom Spartans in NY

The Maryland Terrapins (5-0) captured the Coaches Vs Cancer Classic tournament championship in controversial fashion as they beat Michigan State (4-1) 62-60 on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Maryland Terrapins (5-0) captured the Coaches Vs Cancer Classic tournament championship in controversial fashion as they beat Michigan State (4-1) 62-60 on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

With :12 seconds remaining in the game and :4 seconds remaining on the shot clock, Maryland forced up a desperation three-pointer that fell short but appeared to miss the rim.

Idong Ibok grabbed the rebound and put his arms up to create space from the Terrapin pressure, ultimately receiving an offensive foul that allowed Maryland to run the clock out.

"I was disappointed there was no replay. They said it was not replayable so what the hell's the replay for if you're down to the final seconds of a game?" said Coach Tom Izzo in obvious frustration.

The Spartans closed within three points with 1:21 left at 62-59 but could not catch a break or an explanation for what happened in the closing half-minute of the game.

Despite an astonishing 46-21 edge in rebounding, including 15-3 in offensive rebounds, MSU could not contain Maryland's fastbreak, constantly turning the ball over and letting the Terps run in transition.

D.J. Strawberry scored 17 points and James Gist added 14 for Maryland, who also held an edge in experience, starting three seniors when the Spartans have none on their roster.

The Terrapins shot nearly 55 percent from the field and 45 percent from three-point range but their second half turnovers (17 total in the game) kept Michigan State close throughout.

Drew Neitzel continued his hot scoring, leading all scorers with 21 points, 16 of which came in the second half. Freshman Raymar Morgan continued his streak of consecutive games scoring at least 10 points to start a collegiate career to five games with 13 points.

Michigan State's schedule does not get any easier, as they host a tough Vermont team on Tuesday night at the Breslin Center. The Catamounts knocked off then #15 Boston College 77-63 on Nov 13 and pose another competitive contest for the Spartans.


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