The game started ugly for the Spartans as they struggled from the field and were only able to round up five points in the game's opening five and a half minutes. But then a much smaller yet speedier starting line-up, which saw Green and Korie Lucious join Kalin Lucas, Raymar Morgan, and Delvon Roe, picked up the pressure and the Oakland turnovers spilled out.
"We turned it over a couple times and a slow ugly game turned into a track meet. We can't win a track meet with them and not many teams could," said Oakland Head Coach Greg Kampe.
Instrumental in that defensive pressure was Green, and on the other end of the floor Green was even more productive. The 6-6 sophomore's offensive tip back capped a 21-3 run to give the Spartans a 26-7 lead. By time the half rolled around Green had already racked up 16 points and 7 rebounds on 8 of 8 shooting for a 44-21 lead.
"Draymond is versatile; he plays all over the place. He's been working real hard on his shot. I was happy for Day-Day tonight," said Coach Tom Izzo.
Another bright spot for the Spartans came midway through the second half when freshman Derrick Nix knocked down a free throw after starting the season 2-for-22. The crowd loved it and let Nix know it with "Derrick Nix" chants.
"Derrick smiled, but the only way you smile is when you work hard for something and you know how much time you've put in. Derrick has spent an inordinent amount of time on his free throws," smiled Izzo.
Green finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds on 9-of-11 shooting. Lucas added another 19 points and 4 assist. Keith Benson led Oakland with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Michigan State will now be off nine days for finals but will step back on the Breslin floor December 19th against IPFW.