Spartans Dominate, Look to Improve FTs

Coach Izzo continued to experiment with different combinations as MSU began the second half with Lucas, Morgan, Travis Walton, Goran Suton, and Delvon Roe on the floor. The second half also saw the Spartans operating in the half court a lot more than they did in the first game, and they did so effectively.

EAST LANSING — The last exhibition game is over, and Michigan State will now play games that count. On Monday night, though, the Spartans took care of the Lake Superior State Lakers 112-69 at the Breslin Center.

In this contest, coach Tom Izzo started a different lineup than he did in the first exhibition game against Northern Michigan. On Monday, the Spartans started what is probably their most athletic lineup of Kalin Lucas, Chris Allen, Durrell Summers, Raymar Morgan and Marquise Gray.

The Spartans got off quickly as they began the game on a 20-2 run within the first five minutes, scoring inside and out.

On the negative side, MSU gave up a significant amount of open looks, due primarily to the use of full court pressure. The Lakers didn't connect at a high rate, but it is something that must be corrected before the Spartans play tougher competition.

"I thought our communication was terrible," Izzo said Monday night. "That's why they had some wide open threes. We switch a lot. You can add to it because of the different lineups, but communication is communication."

It was immediately clear that Raymar Morgan came to play. Morgan played big inside and displayed a nice, consistent touch from outside as well. By the time the first half came to a close, the Spartans were ahead 61-28 and Morgan had compiled 20 points. Morgan finished the game with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Coach Izzo continued to experiment with different combinations as MSU began the second half with Lucas, Morgan, Travis Walton, Goran Suton, and Delvon Roe on the floor. The second half also saw the Spartans operating in the half court a lot more than they did in the first game, and they did so fairly well.

Summers had another impressive showing. He used a wide array of shots to finish with 18 points and 6 rebounds.

Gray earned a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Gray also displayed development in his game as he hit few jump shots. He appeared to be shooting and releasing with more confidence than years past.

This performance wasn't as impressive as the first exhibition game, but MSU was dominant in the aspect of the game that this program prides itself on: The Spartans out-rebounded the Lakers 63-33.

Another area where the Spartans did not perform so well was at the free throw line where they went 16-26.

"That will be addressed tomorrow (Tuesday), I can promise you that, because that was very disappointing for as much time as we spent on it," Izzo said.

Walton and Allen were the other Spartans that scored in double figures, totaling 10 and 11 points respectively. Lucas played only 12 minutes due to an ankle injury that he suffered during practice.

Mark Morse led the Lakers with 19 points.


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