Spartans Whip Gophers, Move to 4-0 in Big Ten

Summers got out of his scoring funk in the first half and the Spartans were able to hang on for 60-53 win to stay tied with Illinois for first place in the Big Ten, setting up a showdown for Saturday's home game against the Illini.

East Lansing- Bench power once again played a key role in the Spartan's win as the tides of a see-saw battle turned towards Michigan State after Draymond Green and Durrell Summers checked in.

Summers got out of his scoring funk in the first half and the Spartans were able to hang on for 60-53 win to stay tied with Illinois for first place in the Big Ten, setting up a showdown for Saturday's home game against the Illini.

After scoring just three points in the last two games while nursing a sore shoulder, Summers sparked the Spartans with 12 points and 5 boards in the first half, Green added 6 points and a handful of defensive plays as Michigan State went into the half with a 33-25 lead.

The Spartan reserves scored 24 of the team's 33 first half points and outscored Minnesota's bench 27-3 on the night.

Kalin Lucas scored a game high 14 points, 11 in the second half as Michigan State controlled a ten point lead for most of the second half before the Gophers made a game of it.

A Damian Johnson steal and dunk cut the lead to just two points with five minutes to play. Michigan State kept the Gophers an arm's length away until Chris Allen's runner in the lane gave them some breathing room and a 56-51 lead. Lucas hit 4 of 4 free throws and Green added a block and two steals in the final minute to finish off Minnesota.

Summers was able to keep up his solid rebounding trend by pulling down eight while finishing with 14 points.


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