Michi­gan State routs Penn State

No. 6 Spar­tans han­dle Li­ons for 10th time in a row

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Colleges -

Tom Izzo wasn’t im­pressed with much of No. 6 Michi­gan State’s dou­ble-digit vic­tory Sun­day against Penn State at Bryce Jor­dan Cen­ter in Univer­sity Park, Pa.

The Spar­tans built a big lead early and dom­i­nated at times in the lane in their 7156 win. From Izzo’s stand­point, that’s all they did well and that won’t be enough for the Spar­tans to be the team they want to be.

“Maybe we’re all talk­ing too much about how good we are,” Izzo said. “We’re not that good.”

Play­ing with­out guards Joshua Lang­ford and Kyle Ahrens, Michi­gan State’s of­fense suf­fered through spurts of in­con­sis­tency while also mount­ing the runs nec­es­sary to keep the game out of reach.

Nick Ward had 16 points and 11 re­bounds, Matt McQuaid added 15 points and Cas­sius Win­ston chipped in 11 for the Spar­tans (15-2, 6-0 Big Ten), who have won 10 in a row.

They also beat the Nit­tany Li­ons (7-10, 0-6) for the 10th con­sec­u­tive time.

Michi­gan State turned the ball over 17 times and shot 49 per­cent from the field.

“They missed some shots that I think they could’ve made,” Izzo said. “The turnovers were a joke.”

Lamar Stevens led Penn State (7-10, 0-6) with 20 points. Myles Dread, Josh Reaves and Mike Watkins all scored 11 points.

“We haven’t brought it all to­gether yet,” Penn State coach Patrick Cham­bers said. “We still have 14 [games] to go and we can turn this ship around right away.”

Women

Duquesne 60, Ge­orge Ma­son 57: The Dukes (8-8, 2-1 At­lantic 10) over­came a slow start with a 26-point third quar­ter to top the host Pa­tri­ots (8-8, 0-3). Duquesne trailed at half­time, 26-17, but made 8 of 15 shots from the floor, in­clud­ing 5 of 8 3-point­ers, to take con­trol. Kadri-Ann Lass led the Dukes with 17 points, and Juli­jana Vo­ji­novic and Conor Richard­son chipped in 11 apiece. Nic Car­dano-Hillary led all scor­ers with 21 points for Ge­orge Ma­son.

Bos­ton Col­lege 59, Pitt 55: De­spite a 20-point ef­fort from Jas­mine Whit­ney, the Pan­thers (9-8, 0-3) re­mained win­less in ACC play, fall­ing to the Ea­gles (13-4, 2-2) at Petersen Events Cen­ter. Pitt led by seven in the first quar­ter, but could not keep up with depth of Bos­ton Col­lege, which got 24 points from its bench. Danielle Gar­ven chipped in with 11 points for the Pan­thers. Emma Guy led Bos­ton Col­lege with 14 points.

West Vir­ginia 66, Ok­la­homa 55: Tyn­ice Martin scored 20 points and was one of four play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures as the Moun­taineers (11-4, 2-2 Big 12) topped Ok­la­homa (5-10, 1-3) in Nor­man, Okla.

As­so­ci­ated Press

Lamar Stevens, right, led Penn State with 20 points against Michi­gan State Sun­day in Univer­sity Park, Pa. Xavier Till­man de­fends.

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