All around the country local college basketball teams were in action.
The afternoon started off with the Michigan State defeating the Purdue Boilermakers 84-61. The Boilermakers were hanging around for a little while but the Spartans end up pulling away in the second half. The big blow was a 28-7 run in the second half. Michigan State was led scoring wise by Garry Harris, who had 22 points. Brandon Dawson also played well by posting a double-double having 14 points and 11 rebounds.
I got a chance to watch some of this game and it was a very sloppy game from both teams. I thought that Michigan State did not play as well as they could have and neither did head coach Tom Izzo.
“I’m not real pleased with this performance today,” said Izzo. “”But we made some progress, and we challenged ourselves, and I think we again took another step. In this league, you’ve just got to keep taking steps.”
The Spartans moved to 1-1 in conference play and 12-3 overall.
As for the Detroit Titans, they moved to 2-0 in the Horizon League as they beat Green Bay 84-76. Ray McCallum led the Titans with 26 points and 6 rebounds. All five starters scored in double figures as the bench did not score at all for the Titans. The game was back and forth but the Titans ended up pulling away with in the last few minutes. Another key to the victory was the Titans free throw shooting. They went 38-42 from the stripe.
Another team in action tonight was the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. They traveled to Alabama and it did not go very well. They lost 65-45. For the Grizzlies, Duke Mondy lead the way with 12 points. Sharpshooter Travis Bader only had 1 three-pointer and 10 points in the contest. Oakland falls to 7-10 on the year but they are 2-1 in Summit League conference play.