March 9, 2017
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.