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MSU at Minnesota, halftime musings: Trice-led Spartans poised late, weather Minnesota’s home-crowd emotion

MINNEAPOLIS — This could have gotten away from Michigan State a couple times. Instead it’s just 39-38 Minnesota at the half.

The Spartans trailed 37-25 at the 5-minute mark, with Appling on the bench with two fouls. If the score had kept moving in the wrong direction a few more points, it might have been over by halftime.

Instead, minus Appling, MSU’s backcourt was exceptional, Travis Trice especially.

Trice (nine points in the first half) hit two 3s in the final 3:30 and found Denzel Valentine for an alley-oop layup. Valentine has played well, too, here late.

Other than MSU’s inability to hit a free throw (1-for-7, including two missed front ends of 1-and-1s), MSU is in decent shape.

This is a good Minnesota team, one that moves the ball well and gets to the rim. But the Spartans have a chance, thanks to Trice and Co.

Talk to you after the game. Until then, follow @graham_couch and @joerexrode on Twitter.

 

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4 Responses to MSU at Minnesota, halftime musings: Trice-led Spartans poised late, weather Minnesota’s home-crowd emotion

  1. avatar Chris says:

    Minnesota is very athletic, but there is no excuse for giving up this many layups.

  2. avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

    missed free throws and too many easy lay ups cost msu more than anything

  3. avatar A very anti Couch poster says:

    20% FF shooting and minus 14 on the boards did us in.

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