February 16, 2012

Izzo: 'We beat a very good team who was hot'

EAST LANSING - Michigan State picked up its third win over a Top 25 opponent during the last four games and its sixth overall with 69-55 win over No. 17/No. 15 Wisconsin at the Breslin Center on Thursday night.

The Spartans received 20 point scoring efforts from sophomore point guard Keith Appling and senior forward Draymond Green[db], who also grabbed 10 rebounds to post his Big Ten leading 14th double double.

"Appling and Green really rose up," said Izzo. "I thought that was key."

Defending Wisconsin star [db]Jordan Taylor was a team effort, but Appling was primary reason why the Wisconsin star finished with just 13 points on 3-of-11 shooting.

Michigan State shot 52 percent against Wisconsin. The Spartans are the first team shoot 50 percent or better against the Badgers. Michigan State's high field-goal percentage against Wisconsin helped by a 15-0 advantage in fast-break points.

"I thought Appling pushed the ball and got some easy buckets," said Izzo," and I thought we did a good job on screen and rolls and pick and rolls."

The Spartans' 15-point victory was accomplished without the presence of freshman point guard Travis Trice who is recovering from an ankle injury. Brandon Wood, another key contributor, was also limited by injury.

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan felt that Michigan State took control of the game in the first half with a 22-7 run in the final 10 minutes of the period.

"That run hurt us," said Ryan. "We gave up a couple of baskets in transition. We weren't set defensively. I think that has something to do with it but not everything. They had some stuff around the basket that I think we could have played better. We could have had our hand on a few more loose balls or tipped balls."

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