November 7, 2007

Notebook: Morgan sits in win over Michigan Tech

EAST LANSING - Tom Izzo was forced to change his game plan just hours before Michigan State was set to play Michigan Tech in an exhibition game Wednesday night.

Earlier in the afternoon, Izzo found out that his star forward, Raymar Morgan, had fallen short of completing some of his academic responsibilities. Izzo responded by not playing the sophomore, which foiled his original plan of starting Morgan with guards Drew Neitzel and Kalin Lucas. Instead, Izzo started a three-guard lineup with the addition of Travis Walton and Goran Suton and Idong Ibok in the frontcourt.

"Well, Raymar had some academic things that he needed to take care of that he didn't take care of, so the decision was really made for me at about 2:30," Izzo said after the Spartans' 61-55 victory over the Huskies. "Raymar in general is not only a good student, but a good guy, I think, and he just didn't take care of some business he needed to take care of."

When asked about the loss of Morgan, Walton spun his absence into a positive.

"He was missed a lot because he brings a tough side to it," Walton said. "But to be a great team you have to face adversity. Say if he's in foul trouble, someone else is in foul trouble, you got to deal with that and we got to respond better."

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