Spartans run past Greyhounds 74-61

Goran Suton scored 27 points, Marquise Gray chipped in with 19 as the Michigan State Spartans ran past the Loyola Greyhounds 74-61.

EAST LANSING - Goran Suton scored 27 points, Marquise Gray chipped in with 19 as the Michigan State Spartans ran past the Loyola Greyhounds 74-61.

Suton went 10-of-16 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line in his breakout performance to lead all scorers. He also added six rebounds. Fellow front courter Marquise Gray was solid early for the Spartans.

The big power forward scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half for MSU. He also grabbed eleven rebounds for the Spartans who end the non-conference schedule with a solid 13-2 record, the most non-conference wins ever for Tom Izzo's team. However, as usual, Izzo sounded like he's not convinced his team is ready for the Big Ten schedule.

"I'm glad that the non-conference schedule is over," said Izzo. "Its been difficult the last four or five games, as a team you hope to be growing towards the Big Ten season but I don't think we've done a great job of that."

While State went in at halftime only up two, they quickly went on a 10-2 run to extend their lead to ten points. The got up by as many as seventeen points in the half (61-44) and coasted to the final margin.

Drew Neitzel, who had been MSU early scoring leader seemed content to play a solid floor game, wracking up twelve assists against just one turnover to go with ten points.

DeMarcus Ducre, who is becoming an important part of the rotation in the absence of sensational freshman Raymar Morgan and sophomore Maurice Joseph, grabbing four rebounds, getting an assist and a steal to go with a bucket in sixteen minutes of play.

Things get serious for State as they travel to Iowa City in the Big Ten opener facing the Hawkeyes (8-6) who are led by Big Ten Player of the Week Adam Haluska and swingman Tyler Smith.


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