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Minutes from tip here at the Jordan Center. Spartans will be without (at least at the start of the game) starters Branden Dawson and Adriean Payne, who were involved in a scrap at the Nittany Lion Inn this morning (see adjacent thread).
Lions will be at full strength but that's a relative term these days. Join in on the discussion here.
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Newbill goes straight to rack after turnover by Spartans and the Lions are 1-1 on layups.
Harris answers with 3 at other end.
3-2 Spartans, one minute gone.
Harris with another 3.
6-4 MSU, 17:20 left.
9-4 Spartans, who are 3-4 from field -- all threes.
Lions are 2-5, including a three from Marshall that went halfway down.
This looks like the lowest attendance I can remember for a Michigan State visit.
Spartans getting the shots they want against Penn State's zone, but a turnover there by Trice.
Sasa with a shot that hits the top of the backboard followed by a foul 35 feet from the basket.
Sasa breaks the backboard
Ackerman layup hits every part of the rim and spins out ... Spartans' Byrd hits a 3 in transition.
Colella responds with a three though, and it's 12-9 Spartans as we hit 12 minute mark.
Bad foul by Taylor there on Harris layup. Chambers looked like he wanted to swallow his tie.
14-9 MSU, free throw coming, 11:35 left.
Ackerman still in.
Still no Jack.
Mercifully no Graham so far
Newbill finishes again after great defensive stop by Lions. He has seven.
15-12. Trice misses three at other end.
15-14 Sasa gets hook to fall after nearly losing the ball.
Jeff, they show it snowing when they come back from commercials on BTN. Are the roads keeping fans away or is this just everyone sick of not looking competitive?
Not quite sure Lions are hanging around and shooting 33 percent, but they are.
I've been driving around in State College for much of the day and the roads haven't been bad since early this morning. Can't speak for the surrounding areas or 322.
Crowd isn't too bad for a weeknight.
Montminy ties it at 16-16 with a cherry-picking layup, then gets a foul to save Taylor from picking up his second at the other end.
Crowd getting kinda fiesty here.
Sparty is usually a big draw. Unless they are showing just bad angles of the crowd, it looks like a PSU vs.Iowa type crowd.
Good hard foul by Taylor on Trice there -- somehow layup went in anyway.
20-16 after FT. Crucial final four minutes for Penn State here. Can't let it get away.
We need to hit some from behind the arc!
Feel the Power of Threeve!
The weather is not that bad. Sadly, I just think it has more to do with us just being the worst team in the big ten right now.
Marshall makes all three FTs after being fouled in act of shooting and it's 20-19.
Spartans so tough to defend on secondary break.
Travis hits baseline j though to keep PSU within one.
Marshall scores off nice backdoor pass from Colella.
Trice another 3, Newbill with a drive
27-25 Sparty, 1:40 left in half.
"Normally hits that shot inside"
A not as typically good Michigan State comes in and loses two of its best players on short notice and is still beating us at the half in our own barn.
I am guessing Izzo unleashes Dawson and Payne in the second half and wins comfortably.
29-25 MSU at half.
Newbill and Marshall have 16 of 25. Lions shooting 39 percent.
Harris has 9 for Spartans, who are at 40 percent.
Penn State playing decent defense and has had its chances offensively.
Payne and Dawson did not play in the half.
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