12:00 PM ET, January 23, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Tom Izzo looked Kalin Lucas in the eye during a late timeout and told him about certain times in a game when players become great.Lucas got the message, hitting a 3-pointer with 1:27 left to break a tie and help give Michigan State (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) a 65-64 win over short-handed Minnesota on Saturday.
• Kalin Lucas gave the Spartans their first lead of the game on a 3-pointer with 1:27 to play as Michigan State rallied for its eighth straight win since losing at Texas.
• The win also gave the Spartans their first 7-0 Big Ten start since the 1977-78 season.
• MSU was 11 for 24 (45.8 percent) from 3-point range, but 13 for 37 (35.1 percent) inside the arc.
• Minnesota's last two losses have come by a combined four points.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||24-61 (.393)||27-56 (.482)|
|3P Made-Attempted||11-24 (.458)||5-13 (.385)|
|FT Made-Attempted||6-9 (.667)||5-7 (.714)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||12 (0/0)||8 (0/0)|