Freshmen Shine As Michigan State Defeats Iowa At Home

A perimeter barrage that included back-to-back 3-pointers by Winston helped the Spartans gain the upper hand and Ward then scored eight of the next 11 points to give MSU a commanding lead.

The Spartans won every loose puck and every board battle from the opening puck drop; they pressured and forced turnovers until an terrible giveaway in the defensive zone gave Michigan State their second goal. The puck bounced off Minney's left leg and trickled into the net, bringing the score to 2-1.

The Terps are coming off a somehow-uninspiring 25-point home win over Illinois Thursday, but their last road game Sunday was an impressive 92-56 victory at Indiana. "So I don't see much different in how they play or what their style is". MI will travel to Madison next week for a two-game series against the Badgers.

Minney was pulled by Anastos to start the second period in favor of freshman John Lethemon.

Bridges was the only freshman who did much of his scoring in the first half when his team needed him most, leaning on him to overcome making 12 turnovers and just 13 of 31 shots.

Michigan State: Merchant's return was a welcome sight for a team trying to boost its NCAA Tournament chances. But the Wolverines were unable to capitalize on the man advantage.

Taya Reimer, senior, forward, 6'4, No. 32.

Branndais Agee, redshirt senior, guard, 5'11, No. 10. The Hawkeyes only made nine shots in the second half.

"Bridges in the first half was the difference", Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "I can't pass up the shots that I've passed". De Jong, who had two goals in his first 111 career games, earned his first multi-goal game of his career. The Spartans lost 89-72, but she said afterward she's been feeling better over the past week. "I think early we had good energy".

But the Spartans would answer back.

" Griffin Luce found the back of the net in the third period for his first collegiate goal".

Michigan State had 21 turnovers Saturday, and steamrolled Iowa. But the last-second rush was unsuccessful, sending the game into overtime for the fourth time in the rivalry's last six meetings, and for the third consecutive time at Joe Louis Arena.

But there was another point in the Big Ten standings, a unique trophy and a lifetime of bragging rights still on the line with the shootout looming.

Showing that type of resolve in less than a week is a great sign for the young Spartans.

"You can't come in here and get out-rebounded, 46-32; that's going to make it hard".

Since declaring every game "Alumni Day" isn't an option, he might just have to rely on the epiphany inspired by his former charges carrying over to Tuesday's home game against Ohio State and beyond.

"The atmosphere was great".

MSU head coach Tom Izzo talked about the importance of the game stating, " This was a huge win for us". "That was a pretty entertaining college hockey game for the fans".

The Spartans won by a final of 77-66 as they stretched their record to 7-5 in the Big Ten. McCaffery said. "I think Peter Jok's a tough kid and he'll play through some discomfort". "I think as coaches, we go to exhaustion". "To get the extra point is important". We got contributions up and down the lineup up front and on defense. "A win against Michigan State always feels really, really good".

  • Julie Sanders