November 10, 2008
Spartans close exhibition with 112-69 win
EAST LANSING - Michigan State did not match the level of play against Lake Superior State that they showed in their first exhibition game against Northern Michigan. But Tom Izzo's Spartans still managed to close their exhibition season with a landslide 112-69 victory over their second straight GLIAC opponent.
"I thought Lake Superior would play better," said Izzo. "We played really well early. I do not think our performance was as good as it was the other night even though the score was what it was. We started off real good. I kind of did what I wanted to do. I got a different lineup in to start the first half and the second half. I wanted to see how that went and I did try to play some strange lineups. Some of them went good and some of them didn't go as well as."
Junior Raymar Morgan was a dominant figure for the Spartans during a 20-2 first half run that crippled the Lakers. Morgan finished with a team-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting including 3-of-3 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Morgan also registered 11 rebounds, which tied Marquise Gray for the team lead. Gray added 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting. The senior from Flint threw down a couple of memorable dunks but also showed some range with a turn-around shot from the elbow with a hand in his face.
"Marquise was a bright spot," said Izzo. "Raymar has been solid two games in a row now where he has played well inside and he has shot the ball well from the three. He is making his free throws and he is rebounding the basketball on both the offensive end and defensive end without turning the ball over."
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