December 22, 2007

Video: Neitzel says teammates solved the box-and-one

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Senior captain Drew Neitzel hasn't seen too many box-and-ones since his high school days at Wyoming Park. But Texas sprung it on him during the Spartan Clash at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday and Neitzel's teammates made the Longhorns pay.

Neitzel scored just 12 points against Texas, but teammates Raymar Morgan and Kalin Lucas came through with 18 points apiece to shoulder a larger part of the scoring burden for the No. 4 ranked Spartans in a 78-72 win over No. 4 Texas.

In his post-game interviews Spartan coach [/db]Tom Izzo[/db] said that the move by Texas to go to a box-and-one against Neitzel caught his team off guard initially. But Izzo was pleased with the way other scoring options emerged for the Spartans. Izzo did, however, wish he had gotten Neitzel more shots.

"I do want to get more shots for Nietzel, make no mistake about that," said Izzo. "I think you have to credit them. They did an incredible job on him. He did hit a couple big shots. But he's got to get more shots and we've got to do a little better job. The box-and-one, that was a great job on Rick's part."

Neitzel was just happy to see his team come away with victory against a Top 5 opponent and to see his teammates come through with clutch scoring when the Texas defense took him out of the game. Morgan and Lucas scored a lot of points, but Michigan State's big men also did a great job getting open on slips for easy dunks.

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