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12-11-2011, 11:46 AM
Meehan's S-R Game Story LINK (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/dec/10/michigan-states-green-too-much-gonzaga/)

Michigan State outplayed Gonzaga at both ends of the floor. The Spartans shut down Elias Harris (six points on 2-of-11 field goals) and Kevin Pangos (seven points on 3-of-8 shooting) and did a solid job on center Robert Sacre (16 points).

“We did a heck of a job on two of their three studs, Harris and Pangos, and Draymond Green was a man,” MSU coach Tom Izzo said. “There was a maturity, which we all know (Green) has been immature over his years, but every year he’s made better strides.”

12-11-2011, 11:49 AM
Blanchette Story (http://www.spokesman.com/zags/stories/2011/dec/11/message-not-sent/)

Which brings us to the nub of the 74-67 tattooing the Zags endured Saturday night:

It’s one thing to get the marquee teams into your gym. Then the deal must be closed.

If the point of Gonzaga’s traditionally ambitious nonconference schedule is to build that just-in-case resume for the NCAA tournament selectors, then along the way one or two of those games so bravely sought must be won. The Zags have now missed two of the opportunities within the last eight days, and if falling on the road at Illinois was not especially alarming, then failing to come through at home is – in particular the way they failed.

“We’re just not delivering,” sighed coach Mark Few.

And in what is a not-so-grand Gonzaga tradition, the Zags singled out one player to make All-World for a day. The lucky fellow this time was an agreeable soul named Draymond Green, one of just three Spartans who saw time two years ago when they won a pair of NCAA tournament games in Spokane. All he did Saturday was make 11 of 13 shots – including four 3s – for 34 points, while performing lockdown duty on Gonzaga’s Elias Harris.

12-11-2011, 03:01 PM
he had lots of opportunities, whether driving for lay ins or taking open shots up top. He wasn't shooting well.

Underneath it looked like he was forcing, vs shooting, the lay ins, perhaps counting on a foul. That didn't happen much.

And up top, they just weren't dropping, either. He should have been dishing up top, imo, to a hotter hand, like DS or GB. that would be leadership.

Zag 77
12-11-2011, 08:22 PM
I got a chuckle out of this:

the Spartans weren’t going to faint just because some kid from DeSmet Hall is jumping up and down with a blow-up head shot of Rob Sacre.

More to the point, he was pretty much on target when he says it is great for GU to schedule tough OOC opponents, but we have to close the deal on some of them.

12-11-2011, 10:17 PM

Zag 77
12-11-2011, 10:26 PM
Sorry, here is the link:


12-12-2011, 09:18 PM
LINK (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2011/dec/11/day-after-michigan-state/#more)

Before the season, many wondered if sophomore guard David Stockton’s role would be diminished with the arrival of freshmen guards Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. Instead, Stockton has emerged as GU’s second-leading scorer over the last four games (53 points), trailing only Sacre’s 62 and ahead of Harris’ 47, Pangos’ 37 and Bell Jr.’s 33. Stockton had a career-high 19 points vs. MSU.

Stockton has played 25, 26, 29 and 22 minutes the last four games. The odd man out of late has been senior Marquise Carter. He played just 14 minutes against Illinois as Bell Jr. replaced him in the starting lineup at the outset of the second half. Bell Jr. started Saturday night while Carter played just 10 minutes, 3 in the second half.

Carter hasn’t found the offensive rhythm he displayed over the last half of the 2011 season. He’s shooting just 36.1 percent and he has 19 turnovers against 16 assists.

12-12-2011, 10:33 PM
That was one frustrating game that this fan was confident we'd win. The biggest question here is why Coach Few pulled his starters w/just a few minutes gone in the game. We're hitting on all cylinders with a lineup one would assume was our best against Sparty (otherwise, why start 'em). :(

We're up 12-7, Bell hits an impressive trey, the fans are "bananas loud," and next thing you know, in come reserves. If any team needed to sub at that time, isn't that team Michigan State? But we sub, the momentum vanishes, and it's down hill from there. Connection? Oh, well...

Starting Thursday we can gather ourselves against Oral Roberts, make U of A in Seattle this year's redeeming "Baylor game," and gear up thereafter for Butler, etc. (That's the hope.)

Go, Zags. (And, please, if the starters are winning, keep 'em in.)