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NCAA Game Summary - Michigan State at Penn State



(Wednesday, January 14th)

Final Score: (7) Michigan State 78, Penn State 73

University Park, PA (Sports Network) - Raymar Morgan scored 17 points, and the seventh-ranked Michigan State Spartans withstood a fierce rally to defeat the Penn State Nittany Lions, 78-73, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Goran Suton provided 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Spartans (14-2, 4-0 Big Ten), who have won 10 straight and started 4-0 in conference play for the first time since the 1977-78 season. Kalin Lucas added 15 points, while Durrell Summers had 10 points in the win.

"We fooled you and we fooled ourselves," said Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo. "It's the kind of game I thought it would be, but with the way it started out, I thought we could make a real run, and to their credit they fought back. It wasn't like we shot real bad. It wasn't like we shot real great, but fouls, fouls, and fouls. We're going to have to work on that, but I'm actually proud of my team. You have to win some of these games on the road."

Jamelle Cornley had a career-high 26 points for the Nittany Lions (13-5, 2-3), who had won their previous seven home conference games. Talor Battle contributed 20 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Stanley Pringle recorded eight points in a losing effort.

"It's a game we had a chance to win," Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis said. "It's a game on our schedule; we think we can win every game here at home. It's important to protect your home court. Every game is important for us, every game is an opportunity."

With Penn State trailing 42-29 at halftime, Andrew Jones' three-point play pulled the Lions to within eight early in the second half, but a 7-0 run, capped by Morgan's basket with 16:44 left, put Michigan State ahead 51-36.

The Spartans led by as many as 17 before the Nittany Lions cut the deficit to eight on Cornley's three with just under seven minutes to go, and Battle's layup made it 69-65 with 3 1/2 minutes to play.

Lucas hit a couple free throws to put Michigan State up, 71-67, with 1:56 left, but Battle drained a three on the ensuing possession to make it a one- point contest.

Each team added two points, and Lucas made it 74-72 with 26.6 seconds left with a free throw. Battle followed with a costly turnover, and Summers made two clutch free throws to make it a two-possession game with 14.6 seconds to go.

After Pringle made only 1-of-2 from the line for Penn State, Michigan State made its free throws in the final seconds to seal the victory.

Michigan State scored the first eight points of the contest, but Battle's three-pointer six minutes into the game put Penn State ahead, 13-12.

The Lions took a 19-14 lead at the 11:41 mark on Andrew Ott's putback layup.

The Spartans regained the lead on Idong Ibok's layup and took a four-point lead, 27-23, on Summers' three with just over seven minutes to go.

Penn State climbed back to within two, but Michigan State used a 15-2 run to take a 42-27 edge and led 42-29 at halftime.

Game Notes

Penn State lost for the first time when Battle scores at least 20 points (8-1)...Michigan State leads the all-time series, 26-4, including 10 of the last 11 games...The Spartans outrebounded the Lions, 41-24.

01/14 23:56:56 ET