Neitzel Comes Up Big In Late Spartan Rally

Playing in a hostile environment at Bradley, Drew Neitzel's big plays lead MSU to victory

He was 1-for-11 from three and couldn't buy a break for most of the night shooting the ball.

But Michigan State's All-American Drew Neitzel came up big when it counted late, hitting a three-pointer with 5:02 to play, bringing MSU within 51-50 against Bradley on Tuesday night.

Neitzel's big shot sparked a 7-0 Spartan run, taking their first lead of the game since the 9:37 mark of the first half.

Off a Neitzel missed jumper, Drew Naymick grabbed the offensive board and slammed the ball down, putting MSU ahead 52-51.

After a Bradley offensive foul, Kalin Lucas drained a jumper to make it 54-51, capping the 7-0 run.

But Neitzel's impact was felt by the entire team after his three-pointer, extending to the very end of the game.

After a pair of free-throws for the Braves, it was Lucas who answered right back with a dagger of his own, draining his first three-pointer of his college career, and putting his team up 57-53 with 2:52 to play.

Coach Tom Izzo called a timeout with MSU up 57-55 with the ball and only four seconds left on the shot clock.

Izzo drew up a baseline inbounds play that worked to perfection, with Raymar Morgan taking the pass just inside the free-throw line and immediately feeding Goran Suton under the basket for an open layup.

Suton put the Spartans up 59-55 and from there it was a free-throw game until the end.

Neitzel added three free-throws and had a big part in quarterbacking his team to victory, despite finishing just 4-of-16 shooting and 2-of-7 from three for 13 points.

Playing in a hostile environment and trailing most of the game, the Spartans followed their All-American to victory, overcoming turnovers and a barrage of threes from Bradley (6-3).

Raymar Morgan scored 15 points to lead MSU, which now improves to 7-1 and will face another tough road test on Saturday against #20 BYU in Salt Lake City.


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