March 15, 2008

Lucas fearless under pressure

INDIANAPOLIS - Kalin Lucas played as well as any freshmen during the Big Ten tournament. And Lucas played as well as any Spartan not named Drew Neitzel during Michigan State's semifinal loss to Wisconsin.

Michigan State freshman Kalin Lucas impressed Spartan coach Tom Izzo with this willingess ot put Michigan State on his back down the stretch.

"He made some big-time plays and some big-time shots," said Spartan head coach Tom Izzo. "And the last one didn't quite go his way. And I think the greatest thing about today is I saw how much it meant to him in the locker room.

Lucas was also the guilty party on the turnover that led to Wisconsin's go-ahead field goal with 20 seconds left. But the play of Lucas is not on the list of reasons why Michigan State lost to No. 8 ranked Wisconsin. His play actually kept Michigan State in the game on a night when three starters and four Spartans overall fouled out.

"Kalin Lucas did a hell of a job today," said Izzo. "I would be careful where you go with Kalin, because he took a couple too deep and we talked about it. But I told him to try to get fouled, but I'm not sure that would have worked today. So he'll grow. He'll be -- he's a tough kid.

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