Spartans Put On Three-Point Shooting Display

Eight three-pointers against Minnesota was just a warm up for 11 threes vs Northwestern

If their win against Minnesota last week was any indication of Michigan State breaking out of a three-point shooting slump, 11 three-pointers on Thursday night against Northwestern was the answer.

60 percent shooting from both the field and three-point range helped the No.10 Spartans (17-2, 5-1) rout the Wildcats (6-10, 0-6) 78-62.

Drew Neitzel had another strong game shooting the ball, as his first three-pointer of the game set the tone for MSU.

Raymar Morgan broke out of a three-game slump in a big way, going 9-of-11 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the line to lead MSU with 23 points.

Morgan scored seven of the Spartans' first 10 points of the game, including a three-pointer of his own, fueling a 15-5 MSU run to start the game.

But it was freshman Chris Allen who might have had the biggest game of his early career.

After slowly making his way back to playing double-digit minutes after being slowed by a foot injury, Allen scored 17 points but more impressively, went 4-of-5 from three-point range.

Due to his strong play, coach Tom Izzo kept Allen on the court, as his 25 minutes was the most he has played since his return a few weeks ago.

The duo of Neitzel and Allen from long-range kept the Spartans lead in double-digits for virtually the entire game.

But the Wildcats' responded with their own three-point display in an effort to get back in it.

Craig Moore, Northwestern's three-point specialist, was possessed from deep, making seven threes and leading all scorers with 28 points. Moore spent just one minute on the bench in the entire game.

Kevin Coble, the Wildcats' leading scorer added 17 points and three deep balls as well, at one point bring NU within seven points as the first half ended.

But it was Chris Allen who responded right back on the fast break, pulling up and draining a three-pointer with ten seconds left, reclaiming a double-digit Spartan lead. That was as close as the Wildcats would ever get.

MSU opened the second half scoring the first 12 points and increasing their lead to 22.

But Moore would respond with three consecutive three-pointers, bringing the Wildcats within a mere 13 points.

Moore brought the score back to within ten with 1:48 left in the game but it was too late, as MSU sank some free-throws to close the game.

It was big to see Raymar Morgan get back into the action, and at times on Thursday, the Spartans showed glimpses that they were clicking on all cylinders.

MSU now continues their tour facing teams in the bottom of the Big Ten, as they host Michigan on Sunday afternoon at the Breslin Center.

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