Michigan State routs Penn State
No. 6 Spartans handle Lions for 10th time in a row
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.”
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.
Lamar Stevens, right, led Penn State with 20 points against Michigan State Sunday in University Park, Pa. Xavier Tillman defends.