On Wednesday night, the Michigan State Spartans manhandled the Minnesota Golden Gophers by a score of 76-47, due to relentless defensive pressure for the entire night and an efficient transition game.
"Our defense caused our offense, and our offense was our running game and I thought that was the difference," MSU coach Tom Izzo said after the win on Wednesday. "It felt great to play 40 minutes of basketball, instead of 20 or 15, and that was the battle cry in the huddles."
Michigan State jumped on the Gophers immediately thanks to the continued impressive play of Durrell Summers. Summers hit three from long range and scored a lay-up within the first six minuets of the game to help the Spartans obtain a 13-1 lead. It seemed apparent that the Spartans would not suffer a hangover from the Penn State loss.
"You really have a feeling of how the game is going to end up going," freshman Delvon Roe said. "We felt that we could step on their throats this game and we did."
The Spartans played without junior forward Raymar Morgan against Minnesota, but once again Summers stepped up. Summers scored in an array of ways en route to a game high 21 points.
Summers will not get a big head in regards to his recent play because he knows that there is so much more that he can do in order to improve his game.
"I want to try to be an all-around player," Summers said. "Setting guys up, scoring or rebounding, defense. All of the coaches are always telling me that if just stay focused, they think I can be a defensive stopper"
Speaking of defense, MSU held the Gophers to 16 first half points. That total is one less than what Durrell Summers scored in the half. Tubby Smith's team was held to 28.8 percent shooting from the field, they also only had one player score in doubles figures, and the team totaled only six assists.
The team effort on the defensive side of the ball was contagious, as everyone got into the act, even Summers and fellow sophomore Chris Allen.
"Defense leads to offense, not offense leads to defense," senior Travis Walton said. "If you can't guard anybody and you're scoring, you might lose the game. We've been playing pretty good defense on the road, but we just had to bring it home."
After a bad outing against Penn State, the team enjoyed following it up with an impressive one, like they did on Wednesday night against a good Golden Gophers squad.
"One of the things I talked about in the first three timeouts was, are we going to be mature enough to learn from our mistakes from the past," Izzo said. "I didn't want to bring up the mistakes, but I think that's apart of our growing process."
The Spartans play their third and final game in the current home stand this weekend before going on the road for two games. MSU tips-off against the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday at 4 p.m.EST.
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