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Whatever that Means: Michigan State 72, Wofford 60

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My viewing of this game was delayed, incomplete, and half-hearted--so we'll go straight to bullets (official box score is here):

  • As expected, Raymar Morgan (19 points on 11 FGA, 11 rebounds) and Draymond Green (12 points on 8 FGA) were able to score efficiently against the undersized Terriers.
  • Good 3-point shooting from Kalin Lucas (13 points on 2-5 three-point shooting, 9 assists) and Chris Allen (11 points on 3-5 three-point shooting).
  • Isaiah Dahlman got 12 minutes (and the start) against his younger brother's team, but only scored one bucket (on one shot).  Sort of the story of his career--just never has found a way to get involved in the offense.  Nice story tonight, though.
  • Meanwhile, Noah Dahlman was the only consistent scoring option for Wofford, scoring 19 points on 8-13 two-point shooting.  The rest of the Terriers combined for just 7 made 2-pointers (on 24 attempts).
  • Turnovers were the big problem for MSU--and the reason Wofford was able to hang around until the final 10 minutes.  19 turnovers in 65 possessions (TO%=29.2).  Six Spartans turned it over 2 or more times.  They looked pretty sloppy on offense all night.
  • MSU dominated the shooting percentage and rebounding categories to offset the 17-percentage-point gap in the turnover department.

 

This was definitely one of those less-than-perfect performances I thought we might see over the next few games.  I really have no idea whether the turnover issues are a major cause for concern beyond the concerns we already had.  It's the first turnover percentage above 19% MSU has posted against a non-BCS/Gonzaga opponent, for whatever that's worth.

I'll let those who watched the game more intently chime in with their reactions.

Next up: The Citadel visits the Breslin Center.   MSU visits Charleston, SC to play The Citadel. Monday at 7:00.  ESPNU.