October 19, 2008

Midnight Madness highlights and complete game

EAST LANSING - Michigan State celebrated the success of the 1979 national championship team by flashing back 30 years during Midnight Madness last Friday night.

While the current Spartan roster doesn't have a superstar like the Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Greg Kelser led Spartans that won it all three decades ago, the 2008-2009 Spartans have plenty of talent.

Veterans Raymar Morgan, Goran Suton, and Travis Walton each played well in front of a packed Breslin Center. Suton was a force on offense for the Spartans. The senior big man finished with 12 points. He scored half of his points in transition. He also buried a perimeter jumper, dropped in a hook shot over Tom Herzog and also took the sophomore center off the dribble to score.

Morgan scored all eight of his points in transition. His first basket came on steal which he took the length of the court for a dunk. Morgan's second bucket was a reverse lay-up on a feed from Kalin Lucas who did not look for his shot during the 20-minute running clock scrimmage.

Lucas made a number of tough passes. The sophomore point guard finished with five assists. One of those assists led to the only points of the evening for Draymond Green on a two-handed dunk. Green could have scored more points but missed a number of potential scoring opportunities on putbacks.

Isaiah Dahlman scored eight points for the Green Team. He was the most effective perimeter shooter for either squad. Dahlman buried a pair of NBA distance 3-pointers and also drove to the basket and finished with a difficult shot off the glass.

Chris Allen had a strong scrimmage. Allen proved that he has a lot more to his game than a jump shot Allen. The sophomore from Gwinnett County scored in transition and set up his teammates.

Durrell Summers was the favorite target of Korie Lucious when both players were in the open court. Summers had a number of highlight finished and Lucious showed his knack for making spectacular passes.

Summers also won the dunk contest with by throwing down alley-oop he fed to himself off the shot clock. Allen and Marquise Gray were also finalists in the dunk contest.

Idong Ibok had six points and a blocked shot for the Green team. Walton scored six points for the White team.

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