November 10, 2009
V-Cast: Comp and PK on shorthanded win vs. GVSU
EAST LANSING - Michigan State's 76-53 win over Grand Valley State University was a better result than the overtime loss that the Spartans incurred the last time the two teams met in exhibition play two years ago. But one could hardly tell by the look on Michigan State coach Tom Izzo's face during the post-game press conference.
More than anything, Izzo was frustrated with the injuries that have crippled his team during exhibition play. Michigan State continued to play shorthanded against GVSU on Monday night.
The Spartans were without Raymar Morgan, Delvon Roe, and Chris Allen against the Lakers and they were without Durrell Summers for a portion of Monday's game after the junior wing took a shot above the eye during the first half.
With so many players unable to play, Michigan State made do playing a number of weird line-ups. Isaiah Dahlman and Austin Thornton, for example, found themselves playing the four instead of their natural spots on the wing.
Despite all of the shuffling, Michigan State did get solid play out of both fresmen big men on occasion. Derrick Nix had a a good first half and Garrick Shermandid some good things as well.
The best player on the floor for either team was Spartan sophomore Draymond Green, who recorded a double-double and finished with 18 points.
After the game was over and interviews were finished, SpartanMag.com staffers Jim Comparoni and Paul Konyndyk went back out to the court at Breslin Center to discuss the good and the bad in Michigan State's final exhibition game.
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