What a game… Michigan State takes down Iowa in a 63-61 Battle at the Breslin. Lots of frustrating things happened for MSU tonight, but let’s start with the positive…
Malik Hall is back and better than ever. Hall’s over under for minutes entering this game was nine. The senior forward not only did that, but broke ankles and threw down a sledge hammer of a dunk. Hall finished with 11 points, 4 assists, and 3 boards in 25 minutes.
Jaden Akins had another good shooting night. The sophomore guard led the way with 12 points. He also collected 6 rebounds and 3 assists on a 5-11 day from the field.
It was another struggle at the start for Michigan State. The Izzone still hadn’t popped their bags for the first basket until the after the first media timeout. Tyson Walker was able to end the 0-9 drought to start with a three-pointer. Michigan State needs to start stronger and not dig themselves early holes.
There was plenty of missed opportunities for the Spartans early in this one. The passing was really a struggle through spurts as well. The free throw shooting was not good as well going 58.3% at the charity stripe.
Kris Murray had 11 points, but had a couple of airballs and really struggled at times. The student section at one point was shouting that Keegan was better during Kris shooting free throws. Holding him 0-5 from beyond the arc was really god for the Spartans.
Iowa would finish the game one for their last eight from the field and had more than enough chances to claim the victory. A.J. Hoggard missed a critical free throw to seal the deal and allowed Iowa the chance to tie or win.
All around it was another really fun game at the Breslin. Rutgers, Purdue, and Michigan were also a ton of fun and Michigan State fans continue to make the Breslin the place to be.
Michigan State takes on No. 1 Purdue at a place they haven’t won since 2014… It’s going to be a tough task after falling to the Boilermakers by just a point a short while ago.