7:30 PM ET, January 3, 2011
Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Michigan State's 13-point lead quickly evaporated in the final minutes and instead of coasting to a victory over Northwestern, the Spartans were on the verge of losing control.Then Draymond Green got his 11th and biggest rebound of the night, an offensive board off a free throw miss by teammate Kalin Lucas. Green dropped the ball in the basket with 12 seconds to go Monday night and the Spartans (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) held on for a 65-62 victory."I think it will be one of those years for us where nothing is going to be easy," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said of the close call, blaming himself for not using some timeouts to stop a late and furious rally by Northwestern.
The good and the bad for NU
The good news: The Wildcats hung tough, came back from a 13-point deficit with 3:51 remaining in the second half, and nearly forced overtime. The bad news? The late heroics didn't produce a win, writes Eamonn Brennan. Blog
• Eamonn Brennan talks with Michigan State's Durrell Summers. Watch.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||29-60 (.483)||18-57 (.316)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-18 (.333)||10-23 (.435)|
|FT Made-Attempted||1-5 (.200)||16-24 (.667)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||12 (0/0)|