Several hundred Michigan State students gathered at the Rock on Michigan State’s campus Wednesday night to honor 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth, who lost her battle with cancer the night before.
Holsworth, affectionately known as “Princess Lacey,” developed a special relationship with MSU basketball senior Adreian Payne. The two met when the basketball team made a visit to the hospital that Holsworth had been staying at. Their friendship grew quickly to the point where Payne had begun calling her his “little sister.”
With a Big Ten Championship under their belt and a NCAA tournament run on the horizon, the Michigan State women’s basketball team took time to celebrate and have a little fun.
The team held its annual banquet at the Breslin Center to honor its players and to celebrate their Big Ten Championship.
Thursday night was senior night at the Breslin Center, but it was the sophomores and juniors who stole the show as Michigan State beat Iowa, 86-76.
Travis Trice was 4-5 from the field and led the Spartans with 17 points off the bench. Denzel Valentine looked well on his way to a triple-double in the first half, but finished with 13 points, six rebounds and nine assists.
With their shot of at least a share of the Big Ten regular season completely gone, Michigan State tries to build their tournament resume as they take on Iowa Thursday tonight in East Lansing.
The Spartans have dropped their last two games and three out of their last four. Including tonight’s Iowa game, MSU has two games left before the start of the Big Ten tournament.
On Sunday, the No. 21 Michigan State Spartans made history.
They conquered the Indiana Hoosiers, 76-56, to clinch the Big Ten Title for the fourth time in school history. They share first place with No. 8 Penn State.
The game started off going back-and-forth as Aerial Powers scored the first points of the game hitting a jumper from the wing. MSU led with 11:29 to go in the first half, but the score was close, 14-12.
After a great road win against Northwestern, the Michigan State Spartans (20-8, 12-3) return back home to take on Indiana (18-10, 5-10).
It would appear that Michigan State has decided to take the weekend off for the past six weeks.
The Spartans dropped another head scratcher Saturday afternoon 53-46 to the University of Illinois.
The newly ranked No. 21 Michigan State Spartans welcomed the visiting Minnesota Gophers to the Breslin Center Monday night. The Spartans walked away with a 75-61 victory for their twelfth victory at home.
Michigan State is on a role the past few games and it looks like that streak may continue.
The No. 23 Michigan State Spartans (18-8, 10-3) return home to host the Minnesota Gophers (17-10, 6-7) on Monday.
When Terry Braverman, the PA announcer at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, announced the score of the Wisconsin vs. Michigan men’s basketball game, the crowd erupted. Bo Ryan and his squad did their job and dismantled Michigan in Ann Arbor.
All Michigan State had to do was beat a middle-of-the-pack team and they would sit alone atop the Big Ten.
But the Cornhuskers had other plans.
Sunday left a lot of question marks.
Michigan State hosted the Nebraska Cornhuskers and were dealt a loss.
Following the 60-51 upset against unranked Nebraska, No. 9 Michigan State’s head coach Tom Izzo pointed out the mishaps and mistakes that cost the Spartans an expected win.
Michigan State squandered another opportunity to sit alone atop the Big Ten standings, as they lost to Nebraska, 60-51, Sunday afternoon at the Breslin.
The No. 9 Michigan State Spartans (21-4 overall, 10-2 Big Ten) are gearing up to host the Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-10, 5-6) at the Breslin Center Sunday afternoon.
Michigan State enters this game with a recent win against Northwestern, 85-70.
The Spartans hosted the Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday afternoon where they won 70-49. The Breslin Center was filled with pink in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. With a crowd of over 10,600, which is the largest of the season, the game held a high level of energy all night.
The No. 9 Michigan State Spartans (20-4, 9-2) are preparing to host the Northwestern Wildcats (12-12, 5-6) at the Breslin Center Thursday night.
Michigan State comes into this game after suffering a tough loss to No. 21 Wisconsin 60-58 on the road.
Even with Gary Harris going 3-20 from the field and without Keith Appling and Branden Dawson due to injuries, it took a clutch pull-up jumper from Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson with two seconds left for the Badgers to down the Spartans, 60-58.
Michigan State played poorly on the offensive end in the first half, but their stout defense forced eight turnovers in the first half and kept MSU in the game.
In their first game without Keith Appling since he arrived on campus, the No. 9 Michigan State Spartans dismantled Penn State 82-67 Thursday night.
The Spartans’ other starting senior, Adreian Payne, played for the first time since January. He came in off the bench and scored 12 points in just 18 minutes of play.
The last two undefeated teams standing in the Big Ten happen to be two of the biggest rivals.
The No. 3 Spartans (18-1, 6-0) are preparing to face off against the No. 21 Michigan Wolverines (14-4, 6-0) at the Breslin tonight.