Suton's Performance Just What Doctor Ordered

Exploding for 27 points and eight rebounds, Suton flexed his muscles and showed grit and toughness inside the paint.

EAST LANSING - There is nobody happier than Tom Izzo that Michigan State's non-conference schedule is complete.

Drew Neitzel has bailed the Spartans out in too many games already this season and the Spartans are in need of someone to step up and take the scoring load off Neitzel.

Goran Suton might have stepped into that role after his career performance against Loyola (MD) on Saturday.

Exploding for 27 points and eight rebounds, Suton flexed his muscles and showed grit and toughness inside the paint.

Drew Neitzel did not have to carry the load for a change, only scoring 10 points while dishing out 12 assists.

Marquise Gray, another big-man down low, scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

While Tom Izzo always focuses on fixing the mistakes rather than hanging onto bright moments, he must have thought to himself that Gray and Suton could hold the key as to how the Spartans fair in conference play.

If Suton and Gray, along with Idongesit Ibok and Drew Naymick, can provide that toughness inside and pound points underneath, not only will Drew Neitzel be a happy three-point shooter, but the Spartans could compete for a Big Ten title.

Although their return date is not certain, once Raymar Morgan and Maurice Joseph return to the starting lineup, the Spartans will have two more weapons from outside to help Neitzel.

While outside shooters are plenty, it's the big guys down low that will make or break the Spartans this season.

It is on Suton's shoulders to mature and become a leader on this team, exemplifying strong play on the court as his biggest contribution.

Izzo has shown confidence in Suton all year, using him on the high post when running the offense. Suton has also responded, ranking third on the team with 33 assists.

It will be no easy road for the Spartans in Big Ten play, starting off with two road games at always tough Iowa and Indiana.

The Spartans lost both contests in their visits to Bloomington and Iowa City last season.

In order for MSU to compete with the Ohio State's Wisconsin's and the rest of the Big Ten they must show that they are a complete team, inside and outside.


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