With two weeks to go until Selection Sunday the Spartans are looking like one of the best teams in the country as they have won 8 of their last 9 games, including the last four by double digits. On Sunday they hosted a Penn State team that was on a bit of a hot streak of their own with wins in 4 of their last 5 games including a 79-75 upset of 4th-ranked Iowa on Feb. 17th.
In a first half that saw Nittany Lions head coach Patrick Chambers ejected after receiving a second technical foul, Michigan State continued to show why they’re considered one of the favorites to win it all in a dominating first half. The Spartans shot a blistering 51.5 percent from the floor, including 7 of 12 from downtown, as they enjoyed a 52-27 lead at the half. The second half would be much of the same as MSU cruised to an easy 88-57 victory.
It was truly a team effort for the Spartans as 4 of their 5 starters finished in double digits, including 19 points from senior guard and ‘Player of the Year’ candidate Denzel Valentine. Freshman forward Deyonta Davis also had one of his best games of the season with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks in a very efficient game for the young forward who continues to improve his range and offensive skill set.
Meanwhile it was a rough game from the start for Penn State(15-14, 6-10 Big Ten) as they struggled to shoot from the field with a abysmal 32.2 percent shooting for the game. Sophomore guard Shep Garner led the Nittany Lions with 22 points.
With two games left in the regular season, No. 6 Michigan State(24-5, 11-5 Big Ten) still has an outside chance to gain a share of the Big Ten regular season title. They currently are tied for third in the league standings with Maryland and trail league leading Indiana by two games.
The Spartans head to Piscataway, New Jersey on Wednesday to face a Rutgers squad still searching for their first win in conference play. The game can be seen on the Big Ten Network with tip-off at 7 p.m.