Spartans Survive Nittany Lions 67-65

In a game that should have been a breather, Michigan State was fortunate to escape the Breslin Center with a win over a scrappy Penn State squad who shot the lights out and capitalized on a subpar performance by the Spartans. Still, the win keeps MSU conference titles hopes alive.

Raymar Morgan and Draymond Green combined for 30 points and seventeen rebounds to give Michigan State a shaky 67-65 win over last place Penn State. The win means the Spartans only need a win over crosstown rival Michigan in the season finale to clinch a share of the Big Ten title.

The Spartans survived poor shooting nights by nearly every player on the roster. Chris Allen (2-of-8), Kalin Lucas (4-of-9) and Durrell Summers (3-of-10) who normally carry the mail for the Spartans, combined for a total of 23 points.

But MSU got a great effort from the senior Morgan, who appears to be peaking at the right time. His 16 points and eight rebounds on 6-of-13 shooting from the field carried the Green-and-White long enough for sophomore Green to perform his heroics. Green added 14 points and nine rebounds and, along with two others, led the team with four assists.

Michigan State took a seven point halftime lead into the second half and led by as many as ten with nine minutes remaining when their shooting went cold and the Nittany Lions heated up.

Penn State went on a 12-0 run to take the lead at the 5:52 mark before Morgan and Green took over. With Penn State leading 60-58, Green made a lay up and then threw down a slam dunk. Morgan got inside and got fouled and made four consecutive free throws.

Chris Babb's three got the Lions as close as they would get before Kalin Lucas' one-of-two sealed the win.

MSU (23-7, 13-4 conference) awaits the arrival of the Wolverines and a chance to share the conference title on Sunday.


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