Friday, March 19, 2010
Halftime: Michigan State 42, New Mexico State 29
By Ted Miller
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Michigan State is all over New Mexico State.
The Spartans are doing just about everything right and lead 42-29 at halftime.
The Spartans were didn't look anything like the team that flopped in the Big Ten tournament. They shot 56 percent from the field and were 6-of-12 from 3-point range. New Mexico State is at 33 percent from the field.
Durrell Summers has been inconsistent for MSU much of the year, but he scored 12 points in the first half.
It caused a bit of a stir before the game when New Mexico State's leading scorer Jahmar Young replied,"Who?" when asked about Michigan State's two-time first-team All-Big Ten point guard Kalin Lucas, who said he felt disrespected. Lucas scored 14 points in the first half, while Young had just two point, is 0-for-4 from the field a was whistled for a technical foul.
See if you can figure out which team is getting better guard play: The Aggies have six assists and eight turnovers. The Spartans have 12 assists and seven turnovers.
As expected, the Spartans have an advantage on the offensive boards: seven to three.