Louisiana-Monroe vs Michigan State

Allen, Neitzel help No. 12 Spartans overcome Warhawks' 14 treys

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State coach Tom Izzo got everything he expected from his freshmen -- and then some.

Freshman Chris Allen scored 17 points and All-American Drew Neitzel had 15 to help No. 12 Michigan State withstand a 3-point barrage and beat Louisiana-Monroe 83-65 on Wednesday night in a CBE Classic regional final.

"It was kind of a strange game," Izzo said. "I said the freshmen would have some good and some bad. But this game they had some bad, some good, some bad, some good, some bad and some good. And our turnovers almost bordered on the ridiculous."

The Spartans (2-0) blew a 47-35 halftime lead and trailed 57-56 with 13:46 left, after allowing three consecutive 3s. But with several second and third opportunities, Michigan State scored the next 11 points and held the Warhawks scoreless for 6:42.

"Coach just told me to be confident," Allen said. "But when we were down a point, waiting to check in, we said we had play defense and really pick it up at that end."

All-American Drew Neitzel took only five shots, but had 15 points and five assists for the Spartans, who failed to screen effectively all night.

"Last year there was a lot of pressure for me to score," Neitzel said. "Now, we have such balance. And I'm all for it. I'm sure we'll have games this season when I'm the No. 1 option."

Raymar Morgan, who had 25 points and 15 rebounds Tuesday against Chicago State, earned tournament MVP honors with another 13 points and 14 boards, despite feeling ill.

"Maybe I need to stay sick, I don't know," Morgan said. "But when we were down, the big thing was to keep pounding the boards. That gave us some easy buckets and made everything else happen."

Jordan Payne had 27 points for the Warhawks (1-2), who hit 14 3-pointers. Payne was 7-for-16 from behind the arc.

"Michigan State really imposed its will on us," Warhawks coach Orlando Early said. "They were bigger and stronger. But I didn't think the rebounding would be 50-23. They didn't miss a lot, either."

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Playing a supporting role, All-American Drew Neitzel scores 15 points on five shots for the Spartans.  (AP)
Playing a supporting role, All-American Drew Neitzel scores 15 points on five shots for the Spartans. (AP)
Scoreboard
Louisiana-Monroe (1-2)353065
Michigan State #12 (2-0) «473683
LAMON:J. Payne 26 Pts
LAMON:J. Brown 5 Reb
LAMON:T. Hooper 6 Ast
MIST:C. Allen 17 Pts
MIST:R. Morgan 14 Reb
MIST:D. Neitzel 5 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Michigan StateLouisiana-Monroe
MIST
R. Morgan
LAMON
J. Payne
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
131432621
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
J. Brown, G353-101-35539
B. Roberts, G322-60-03415
T. Hooper, G283-110-41648
L. Brasher, G272-50-03346
A. Nweke, F221-71-22043
J. Payne, G268-183-321126
R. Turner, F162-40-02054
M. Hampton, F72-20-01024
D. Garrison, F50-20-00020
D. Melendez, F20-20-00000
D. Meyerchick, GDid Not Play
G. Jackson, FDid Not Play
N. Roche, FDid Not Play
S. Paye, GDid Not Play
K. Averette, GDid Not Play
Totals 23-675-1219192365
 34.3%41.7% 
Michigan State Spartans
D. Neitzel, G333-57-845115
R. Morgan, F324-105-8143213
K. Lucas, G270-42-21322
G. Suton, C242-23-37227
M. Gray, F194-51-27059
D. Naymick, C192-40-04014
C. Allen, G157-141-261017
T. Walton, G142-21-12245
D. Summers, G133-44-430111
I. Ibok, C40-00-00000
I. Dahlman, GDid Not Play
T. Herzog, CDid Not Play
A. Thornton, FDid Not Play
M. Kebler, GDid Not Play
Totals 27-5024-3049161883
 54.0%80.0% 
Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Georgia St.15-525-1053
Ga. Southern14-622-9113
UL-Monroe14-624-14132
UL Lafayette13-722-14143
UT-Arlington10-1016-15185
App. St.9-1112-17250
S. Alabama9-1112-21275
UALR8-1213-18276
Texas St.7-1314-17236
Arkansas St.6-1411-18277
Troy5-1510-19313

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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wisconsin16-236-44
Maryland14-428-713
Michigan St.12-627-1223
Iowa12-622-1243
Purdue12-621-1355
Ohio St.11-724-1141
Indiana9-920-1461
Illinois9-919-1473
Michigan8-1016-1680
Minnesota6-1218-1598
Northwestern6-1215-17124
Nebraska5-1313-18158
Penn St.4-1418-16108
Rutgers2-1610-22179
 
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