March 2, 2008

Izzo: 'March is a great time around Michigan State'

EAST LANSING - Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo had reason to smile on Sunday. His made one of the loudest statements of the season with a 103-74 win over No. 12 ranked Indiana and his two seniors Drew Neitzel and Drew Naymick played their final home games in manners befitting their strengths.

Michigan State's all-time blocks leader, Naymick closed the game with a blocked shot before kissing the "S" at center court and heading to the bench. Neitzel scored on a driving lay-up to get Michigan State to the 100-point mark.

"It doesn't get any more storybook than for Naymick to get a block since he is our block leader and Neitzel to get a lay-up to make a hundred," said Izzo. "You always say you want them to take something good that they will remember. I am sure that both guys will remember that."

Izzo thanked all of the students that filled the Izzone even though Michigan Students are on break. Izzo also thanked the members of the community that helped fill the void of the students that were gone on break.

Izzo also praised Travis Walton for his leadership throughout the week and the way he rallied the underclassmen to play for Michigan State's two seniors.

It was the fourth game in a row Michigan State was under 10 turnovers. Izzo also said that the fast-break in the first half was the best he'd seen on the break during stretches.

Indiana's interim coach Dan Dakich said that Michigan State is the best transition team in the Big Ten. The Spartans scored 22 of their 103 points in transition. Michigan State also played well in the half court and shot 60 percent for the game including 77 percent in the first half.

Raymar Morgan led the way with 20 pounds. Six of those points came on 3-pointers.

Drew Neitzel scored 17 points as did Goran Suton.
Kalin Lucas scored 14 points and Chris Allen scored 11 points in the win.


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