Gonzaga vs Michigan State

Summers' double-double helps Michigan State put away pesky Gonzaga

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State's winning streak at home against non-conference teams was in jeopardy.

The second-ranked Spartans -- and their fans -- refused to let it end against Gonzaga.

Durrell Summers hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with a few minutes left, made two at the line in the final seconds and finished with 21 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to help No. 2 Michigan State rally for a 75-71 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday night.

"It was the kind of game we needed, especially this early in the year," Summers said.

The Spartans (2-0) won their 41st straight game at home against a non-conference team, extending a streak that started after a loss to Duke on Dec. 3, 2003.

"There's no question the crowd won that game for us," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "If you were down there, you could hear it."

Robert Sacre matched a career high with 17 points for the Bulldogs (1-1) despite playing just 19 minutes.

"He was really making a difference in there, then his minutes got limited because of the fouls," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "That hurt us."

Gonzaga freshman Elias Harris scored 17, Matt Bouldin had 15 points and Steven Gray added 13.

Kalin Lucas made a layup with 39 seconds left to give Michigan State a three-point lead and finished with 19 points.

Raymar Morgan scored 16 off the bench despite playing on a sprained left ankle and injuring his right ankle in the first half.

"I am really proud of Ray," Izzo said.

Michigan State scored first, then trailed Gonzaga for much of the game.

The Bulldogs led by 13 midway through the first half and were ahead 35-30 at halftime.

They built another double-digit lead early in the second half, but were hurt by the 7-foot Sacre getting called for a third foul and 7-5 reserve Will Foster getting a fourth foul shortly after halftime.

Michigan State freshman Derrick Nix made a putback with 11:52 left in the game to put the home team ahead for the first time since the opening minute.

The Bulldogs, though, refused to wilt in the raucous Breslin Center despite having one of their youngest teams since becoming one of the nation's stronger programs.

"It's a terrific college basketball atmosphere," Few said. "Before Thanksgiving, it felt like a game that would clinch a championship game in a league with the energy.

"We played here [in 1997] when I was an assistant with Dan [Monson] and this place has really grown."

Sacre made a shot midway through the second half to put Gonzaga ahead by seven and a fadeaway with 4:42 to go for a 65-61 lead.

The Spartans made enough shots and stops in the final minutes in a game that will get them ready to play Florida, North Carolina and Texas before the Big Ten season.

"It's a big win for us because we didn't play real well," Izzo said. "Gonzaga took it to us for at least 30 minutes. I have a lot of respect for Mark and their program.

"They punched us in the mouth, picked us off the ground and punched us again early -- and I thought we were ready to play," Izzo added.

Gonzaga, hoping to reload instead of rebuild, also faces a tough schedule with games against Wake Forest, Arizona or Wisconsin, Duke, Oklahoma and Illinois before starting West Coast Conference play.

Few said he had mixed emotions about Tuesday's game because the Bulldogs had a shot at pulling off an upset - which would've perhaps been one of the school's biggest wins in the regular season -- but he went home proud.

"There's a lot of positives we can take out of this, certainly how we competed," Few said.

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Durrell Summers leads Michigan State to its 41st straight win at home vs. a non-conference team.  (AP)
Durrell Summers leads Michigan State to its 41st straight win at home vs. a non-conference team. (AP)

 
Scoreboard
Gonzaga (1-1)353671
Michigan State #2 (2-0) «304575
GONZAG:Elias Harris 17 Pts
GONZAG:Elias Harris 9 Reb
GONZAG:Matt Bouldin 4 Ast
MIST:Durrell Summers 21 Pts
MIST:Durrell Summers 11 Reb
MIST:Kalin Lucas 5 Ast
 

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Michigan StateGonzaga
MIST
Durrell Summers
GONZAG
Elias Harris
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
211111791
Gonzaga Bulldogs
M. Bouldin, G395-153-334115
S. Gray, G383-146-654113
E. Harris, F316-164-791417
D. Goodson, G270-51-21121
R. Sacre, C197-123-340417
K. Olynyk, G-F192-40-03154
G. Vilarino, G131-20-00032
W. Foster, C121-10-03142
M. Arop, F20-10-01000
A. Poling, F10-00-01000
S. Dower, F-CDid Not Play
G. Gibbs, GDid Not Play
M. Hart, GDid Not Play
B. Kong, FDid Not Play
C. Pontarolo-Maag, GDid Not Play
D. Stockton, GDid Not Play
Totals 25-7017-2130122471
 35.7%81.0% 
Michigan State Spartans
K. Lucas, G367-163-545119
D. Summers, G328-94-4111321
C. Allen, G302-71-13415
D. Roe, F120-10-05050
G. Sherman, C102-30-00024
D. Green, F251-44-610146
R. Morgan, F223-810-1152516
K. Lucious, G160-40-00210
D. Nix, C162-50-45004
I. Dahlman, G10-00-00000
J. Crandell, FDid Not Play
T. Herzog, CDid Not Play
A. Ianni, CDid Not Play
M. Kebler, GDid Not Play
A. Thornton, GDid Not Play
Totals 25-5722-3143152275
 43.9%71.0% 
West Coast
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
Gonzaga15-329-7
BYU13-523-12
San Fran.13-521-12
St. Marys11-723-12
Pepperdine8-1015-16
San Diego7-1118-17
Portland7-1115-16
Pacific6-1218-16
Santa Clara6-1214-19
Loyola-Mary.4-1413-19

Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
Michigan15-328-9
Wisconsin12-630-8
Michigan St.12-629-9
Nebraska11-719-13
Ohio St.10-825-10
Iowa9-920-13
Minnesota8-1025-13
Illinois7-1120-15
Indiana7-1117-15
Penn St.6-1216-18
Northwestern6-1214-19
Purdue5-1315-17
 
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CLEM 79 Final
LIB 39
Temple 45 Final
GTOWN 46
CHARLO 59 Final
DUKE 101
NCASHV 49 Final
Tenn 124
Hofstra 67 Final
UConn 76
Arkansas 66 Final
Louisville 96
LAMON 61 Final
Oklahoma 72
N Illinois 61 Final
Illinois 80
FAIR 42 Final
MD 71
Memphis 55 Final
Kansas 57