Michigan State-Penn State Postgame Notes

March 9, 2017

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  • Michigan State’s win against Penn State was its fourth consecutive in the Big Ten Tournament and the ninth in the last 10 games. Its all-time record in Tournament play is 28-14 (.667).
  • The Spartan defense held Penn State to just .291 shooting from the field, the Nittany Lions’ lowest percentage since 11/20/15 (.297 vs. Duquesne). That’s a season-best effort for MSU. The Spartans held St. John’s to .308 shooting on 11/23/16.
  • Today’s victory was Tom Izzo’s 30th in 37 total games vs. Penn State.
  • Nine different Spartans scored points versus Penn State, led by 15 points each from Miles Bridges and Nick Ward.
  • TumTum Nairn recorded nine of MSU’s 19 assists today.
  • The Spartans hit 10 3-point field goals, a best for them in Big Ten Tournament play. The old mark was nine vs. Ohio State on 3/11/12.
  • MSU outscored Penn State in the paint (34 to 20) and on fast break opportunities (16 to 0).
  • Michigan State totaled 44 rebounds, a Big Ten Tournament record for the program. The previous record was 42 rebounds against Minnesota on 3/6/98 (its first-ever Tournament game).
  • The Spartans’ quarterfinal-round opponent on Friday will be Minnesota. MSU is 2-0 versus the Gophers in 2016-17.


  • Penn State’s Lamar Stevens tied Tony Carr as the team’s leading scorer with 16 points.
  • With its three blocked shots vs. Michigan State, the Nittany Lions set a school single-season record with 182. The previous mark was 180 by the 1997-98 team.
  • Tony Carr scored 16 points against MSU, marking his 26th game of 10 points or more this season.
  • After setting a Big Ten Tournament record yesterday with eight blocked shots, Mike Watkins had two more blocks today vs. MSU. He ended 2016-17 with 90 blocked shots.
  • Shep Garner scored six points vs. MSU, giving him a total of 1,183 points. That moves him into 20th place on the Nittany Lions’ career scoring list. He also had seven rebounds, one shy of his career high.
  • In six Big Ten Tournament games, Garner has scored 72 points, placing him sixth on Penn State’s career Big Ten Tournament scoring list.