INDIANAPOLIS -- Here’s a quick look at Michigan State’s 74-56 win over Purdue in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Friday.
How the game was won: Michigan State came surging out of the gates. The Spartans opened the game on a 10-2 run and never looked back. They led by as many as 21 points.
Turning point: The opening tip went Michigan State’s way and so did the rest of the game.
Stat of the game: Purdue had two offensive rebounds.
Player of the game: Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas continues to be a big-game player. He scored a game-high 30 points and shot 4 for 6 from 3-point range.
Purdue player of the game: JaJuan Johnson did his part for the Boilermakers. He had 21 points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block.
Unsung hero of the game: Michigan State’s Draymond Green did a bit of everything in the win. He had eight points, 13 rebounds, four assists, one steal and three blocks.
ESPN SportsCenter highlight of the game: With Purdue creeping its way back, Michigan State’s Mike Kebler picked off a pass, was off to the races and soared in for a layup at the other end to push the Spartans ahead 64-51.
What the game means: Where has this Michigan State team been? The Spartans looked like the team everyone thought they would be coming into the season. There was a thought tossed around by some that Tom Izzo’s squad would turn it on in the postseason. Friday’s performance doesn’t guarantee that, but it should give Michigan State’s fans hope. For Purdue, this is the second consecutive game where it has been underwhelming. The Boilermakers also lost to Iowa to close out the regular season. It’s not exactly how you want to be playing entering the NCAA tournament.