6:30 PM ET, March 11, 2011
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Kalin Lucas' career-high 30 points helps Michigan State whip No. 9 Purdue
INDIANAPOLIS -- Forget about that midseason slump -- it's business as usual for Michigan State in March.Kalin Lucas scored a career-high 30 points to help the surging Spartans beat No. 9 Purdue 74-56 on Friday in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.Lucas tied a career high with four 3-pointers for the Spartans (19-13), who greatly improved their chances of receiving an NCAA tournament bid. Michigan State had a 14-11 record on Feb. 15 and was in danger of being left out of the field after reaching the Final Four the past two years. But now the Spartans have won five of their past seven games.
• Michigan State earned its fourth win over a ranked opponent this season as it avenged two regular-season losses to Purdue.
• Michigan State is 3-0 all-time against Purdue in the Big Ten tournament.
• The Spartans have won five of their past seven games overall.
• Kalin Lucas led the Spartans with a career-high 30 points.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Big Ten Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-49 (.429)||19-51 (.373)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-13 (.538)||3-16 (.188)|
|FT Made-Attempted||25-31 (.806)||15-25 (.600)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||20 (1/0)|