SPOKANE, Wash. -- Michigan State leads Maryland 48-39 at the half, but it may be without floor leader Kalin Lucas, who scored his first basket with 4:27 before the break, but then re-injured his sprained ankle on the ensuing Maryland possession.
Lucas, who had a career-high 25 points in the first-round win, couldn't put any weight on the ankle.
The Spartans came out in a frenzy, and it took a while for Maryland to match the pace, but the Terrapins woke up and it's hard to believe this one won't be still in question in the waning moments, particularly if Lucas can't return.
Michigan State jumped ahead 22-10 with a dominating early run. The Spartans were 9-of-14 from the field -- Maryland was 3-of-13 -- and outrebounded the Terrapins 10-3. The Spartans had three blocked shots -- zero for the Terps.
Lucas wasn't the only star who started slowly. Maryland's Greivis Vasquez didn't score until the 12:42 mark. Freshman Jordan Williams, who posted twin career-highs with 21 points and 17 rebounds in the win over Houston, didn't get his first bucket until the 7:22 mark. Vasquez ended up with nine points at the break and Williams had seven and four rebounds.
Michigan State guard Chris Allen, typically a starter, didn't enter the game until the 10:16 mark. Allen injured his foot against New Mexico State. He played just three minutes and didn't score.
Maryland is losing the battle on the glass. The Spartans have a 25-11 rebounding advantage.
The Spartans have nine turnovers, Maryland has four.
Midway through the half, a frustrated Vasquez sought out an official and said, "Both sides, both sides. Call it physical on both sides."