MSU 74, Boise State 70

Keith Appling played all 40 minutes and scored a season-high 22 points, had seven assists, five rebounds and three steals to help the Spartans earn a victory over Boise State tonight at the Breslin Center.

Branden Dawson added 10 points, five rebounds and three assists for the No. 15-ranked Spartans, which improved to 3-1. The loss was the first of the season for Boise State.

Freshman Denzel Valentine made his first career start today and had 12 points and four rebounds.Valentine started in place of Adreian Payne, who scored 10 points on 5 of 6 shooting off the bench.

Freshman Gary Harris, who entered the game as MSU’s leading scorer, went down early with an injury.

Columnist Graham Couch has all the coverage from tonight’s game, but feel free to share your thoughts here.

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36 Responses to MSU 74, Boise State 70

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    4 points just like football, would have been 8 0r 9 but a young team did not box out on rebounds, I dont think Boise rebounds as well if Harris does not get hurt.

    Go Green.

  2. avatar IndianaSpartan says:

    Byrd is in way over his head. 1-5 from the field, 1-3 from the line. Defensively, he was awful. He isn’t quick enough to guard smaller players, and isn’t strong enough to guard a 4. Too bad. It really looks like all the foot problems have affected his shot.

  3. avatar Jeffrey Lubeck says:

    The Broncos were surely not one of those early November walk-though victories. I do like how this team works down the stretch of each game.

    It will be interesting to see if the NCAA officials continue to follow the new edict around throwing elbows.

    • avatar 1/2 FULL says:

      It will be interesting Jeff. Only one thing in your short comment I would disagree with, neither player “threw” an elbow. If your gonna play defense that tight on a guy you’re gonna get popped in the nose occasionally. Was there an epidemic of concussions in basketball? Seems it was never an issue. Complete overreaction to a few bloody noses.

      I would like to ask the NCAA, which passed or emphasized this silliness, what a player is supposed to do in that situation? Just stand there with guys pressed up against him, fouling him and let them take the ball away? Can’t count on the refs to call the hacks in those cases. If a player “throws” an elbow, kick him out. But there should have to be intent.

      Finally, what the heck was the “T” on Izzo for? He had walked away when they T’d him up.

    • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

      Jeff, US not loading on my IPad the last couple day. Is there a problem?

  4. avatar 79 Spartan says:

    Close score given the T’s for elbows and anger. Seems hard to believe that BSU can shoot the rock like that on a regular basis, too… but we let them have WAY too may offensive RBs as J. Lubeck pointed out.

    Hope that Gary Harris will be OK.

  5. avatar 1/2 FULL says:

    Hats off to Keith Appling. This kid is special. I am now seeing the player I thought we were getting when he signed with MSU. Love his game and his demeanor. Not a fan of Jim Jackson but he referred to him as one of the best PGs in the B1G. KA is certainly ascending toward the top of the list.

  6. avatar Trophy says:

    Last night set a precedent that will affect games all season. Shorter players will will run into taller players elbows, flop, and draw technical fouls. (I heard Bo started practicing it last night in Madison). That rule is BS and will have serious unintended consequences.

    • avatar GoSt8Go says:

      It started with the opener for Purdue. That call was just as ridiculous.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Good news from Bleacher Report

      The temptation is to reflexively take Michigan State “because it’s better,” and that’s probably good enough logic for a correct pick.

      But don’t sleep on Minnesota. That team is still developing and the skill position talent isn’t quite there yet on offense, but the defense is good enough—especially in run support—to keep Michigan State’s score low enough that the game stays competitive for 60 minutes.

      Still, Mark Dantonio has no reason to limit Le’Veon Bell’s touches here in the regular season finale, so expect a big dose of the big back with the specific intent of wearing down the Gopher D, and it’ll probably work. At the very least, it’ll open up some passing opportunities, and if guys like Aaron Burbridge can hang onto the ball, Michigan State will do well enough to win.

      Final score: Michigan State 21, Minnesota 12

  7. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    I think the refs always call games like this with the new emphasis to see what they can get away with, to what point the coaches will stand for it. Sounds like from Joe’s tweets and story that the GH injury play wasn’t all that clean, but no call. The one thing we all know about the refs hired by the B1G office is that they are NOT the best in the land. Can you say “NFL replacement level”?

    • avatar LeeBee says:

      I cannot see why all guards do not always drive the lane. An easy anticipatory foul call by the zebras. There were way too many of them called last night.

  8. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    An aside, 26+ games left in the season, unlike football, style points don’t matter and the little guy does have a chance if they’re raining shots. In Bball, the preseason (especially the way Coach Izzo sets it up) is all about getting ready for the Conference (and Dance) schedules. It’s a shame to lose an obvious diamond in the rough this early, but others will have to pick it up. The rotation is getting a look and folks that we are surprised about playing so much won’t be getting those minutes later. The GH injury gives 40 minutes to all the other guard types to show their mettle, it’s time to put up or hush up for some.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      As long as its a sprain and he is back for conferance play Dec 31 the season will not miss a beat. We just have to be hopefull on the MRI today.

  9. avatar mysondave says:

    Appling has really put together some great back-to-back games. I agree with 1/2 Full that he’s finally fulfilling the great potential he showed in high school. Already it is a different team without Harris in the lineup. Izzo must be letting Byrd play himself out of the rotation because it’s hard to believe that he deserves 23 minutes of PT. Dawson sure brings excitement with his “steals for a slam” show. The team misses Trice. Go Green.

  10. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Based on past experience MRI results were released to Rexrode late in the day between 3 and 5 pm for Lucas , Dawson etc.

  11. avatar Spartybob says:

    Byrd is more of a detriment out there than a impact. He cannot shoot or defend. I shutter every time he shoots. And of course they are 3 pointers instead of 2′s. I sure hope Izzo doesn’t play him a lot of minutes this year. I think the kid has lost it. Too bad he could shoot the light out when he was in High School.

    • avatar GoSt8Go says:

      Disagree on his defense. Byrd was asked to cover fast guards tonight because we were already without Trice. When Harris went out, Izzo needed Byrd’s minutes on #’s 1 and 2 guards. Agree on his shooting, and you can see that his stroke is pure. A breakout game will help and everyone is waiting for that.

  12. avatar GoSt8Go says:

    They have to fix this elbow rule pronto. I understand both calls and the officials made the right call on both according to the rule with one exception: If BSU fouled Nix before the elbow as the announcers said then the play is already dead and according the rule book the elbow never happened. Therefore, I am curious if the refs ever technically called a foul on BSU? I don’t like the rule.

    To close out the refs, this was an awfully called game for both teams. Way too many calles made from across the court. I don’t recall seeing the red-haired ref before and I hope he’s not a B1G ref (that it matters). He was consistently awful.

    Appling did not have a great defensive night, and that’s surprising. It seemed that MSU was concerned about penetration because the guards constantly overhelped to leave a wide-open three. Kearney did not have a good night. Even without the fouls and t’s, a few of his lapses disabled our ability to pull away (fouls, TO’s and losing his man). Not fully on these the guards as it’s clear that we are down guards with Trice and Harris sitting. I watched the replays several times and I’m still not sure exactly what Harris did to the shoulder. Perhaps just freak thing.

    Nix and Payne did well tonight except for helping out and enabling either easy threes or angles for passes to easy layups.

    Valentine is going to be a good one. He’s making some mistakes now but he’ll be stellar by Christmas. Appling is starting to show signs of the scorer he is. He’ put this on his back and threw away all the garbage that made this game close to begin with. As good as Appling is, it’s still very clear that Dawson is going to be the best player on the court in just about all of our games, and Izzo says he’s still not back yet. Watch out when that happens.

    Finally, it was great to see Earvin Johnson in the building.

  13. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    This is for Russell Byrd

    Take the last train to Dahlmanville,
    And I’ll meet you at the station.
    You can be be there by four thirty,
    ‘Cause I made your reservation.
    Don’t be slow, oh, no, no, no!
    Oh, no, no, no!

    ‘Cause you’re sittin’ on the bench
    And we’ll never see you again
    We’ll have no more nights together
    ‘Til a blowout brings your train.
    And I must go, oh, no, no, no!
    Oh, no, no, no!
    And I don’t know if you’ll ever play at home.

    Take the last train to Dahlmanville.
    I’ll be waiting at the station.
    We’ll have time for coffee on the bench
    And a bit of conversation.
    Oh… Oh, no, no, no!
    Oh, no, no, no!

    Take the last train to Dahlmanville,
    Now I must hang up the phone.
    I can’t hear you in this noisy
    Railroad station all alone.
    I’m feelin’ low. Oh, no, no, no!
    Oh, no, no, no!
    And I don’t know if you’ll ever play at home.

    Take the last train to Dahlmanville,
    Take the last train to Dahlmanville,
    [repeat and fade]

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      JL put something I wrote about that subject on the other thread if you want to go over and read it.

      Happy Thanksgiving in Ireland.

  14. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Great news everyone just got word on Harris, a severe sprain only no tear or separation, he will miss two or three weeks and should be back December 22

    Something to be thankfull for

  15. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Eades and Dorsey were 2 of the 3 refs and looking at their stats (3rd guy is a newbie) I’m surprised only 46 fouls and 1 tech were called. Bad case of trying to be part of the story by those two.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Pretty good idea that Mr. Hollis will make his feeling known in private next week the way it was done after the Nebraska game.

  16. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Jelly getting all they want right now from Moorhead St.

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