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Penn State falls hard at Michigan State

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Draymond Green had 15 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to become the third Michigan State player to have a triple-double in a 75-57 win over Penn State on Thursday night.

Michigan State 75 - Penn State 57

Michigan State took the early lead with a basket 11 seconds in from junior Delvon Roe and never looked back in a 75-57 win against PSU at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center Thursday night.

Michigan State (14-10, 6-6 Big 10) leap-frogged the Nittany Lions in the Big 10, as Penn State fell to seventh place with a 5-7 Big 10 record. The Lions are 12-11 overall.

Penn State, fresh off a 65-62 loss against the Michigan Wolverines Sunday night, fell behind from the start. While they pulled close to the Spartans on a few occasions, they were never able to take the lead. Between missed jumpers, a turnover, and a foul from Penn State, the Spartans took an easy 5-0 to open proceedings. Talor Battle put the Nittany Lions on the board with a trey, but Michigan State's Keith Appling answered the 3-pointer with a jumper of his own and the Spartans were off to the races.

After Garrick Sherman made a layup to put the Spartan's up 15-3, Penn State took a full timeout to regroup. Senior Jeff Brooks tried to get Penn State going out of the time out with a dunk, but by the end of the first half, the Spartans held a 20 point lead over PSU 41-21.

Nittany Lions' senior David Jackson sank a 3-point jumper out of the first TV timeout of the second half to bring Penn State back to a twenty point deficit, 45-25. Michigan State kept their stranglehold, though, and continued to dominate before the final buzzer.

Michigan State's percentages bettered Penn State in every category except for 3-pointers. They also held better numbers in assists (15-12), blocks (5-1), and turnovers (11-6), while Penn State beat them out in steals (4-3). The Lions also committed 28 fouls to Sparty's 17.

TOP PERFORMERS
Penn State: T. Battle 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl
Michigan State: D. Green 15 Pts, 14 Reb, 10 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

STAT SHEET
Penn State:
From the floor: 23-56 (41.1%); From the line: 4-11 (36.4%); Three pointers: 7-18 (38.9%)
Michigan State:
From the floor: 22-42 (52.4%); From the line: 26-35 (74.3%); Three pointers: 5-13 (38.5%)

NEXT UP
Penn State heads home to the Bryce Jordan Center to host the Northwestern Wildcats at 3:30 pm on Sunday while the Spartans head to the Value City Arena on Tueday to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes at 9 pm.

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