Three point shots at a premium in win against Northwood
Although the Spartans battled Northwood to an 85-57 rout in their first exhibition game at Breslin Center Tuesday night, there was a bit of competition brewing just below the surface for a pair of teammates.
In MSU’s first exhibition game of the season, the Spartans were 6-of-17 from beyond the arc for a three-point percentage of 35.3 percent.
Of those six three-pointers, four came from the combo of sophomore guard Travis Trice, and freshman guard Gary Harris.
Trice was two-for-three from deep for 66.7 percent shooting while Harris was two-of-six for 33.3 percent from range.
After the game, Trice was asked who was the Spartans’ best sniper, he cast a glance behind him to an attentive Harris before coming up with his answer.
“Right now, it’s me and Gary,” he said. “We play every day — every practice me and Gary have a contest.”
Trice said before each practice, the two hold a three-point contest of sorts, which involves the two trading buckets until the first person misses.
“Say if I hit (one), there’s ten on the board,” Trice explained. “If he hits it, there’s 20 on. Say (if) I was to miss it the next time, I got 20 points, and the first person to get to 50 loses.”
It’s just a bit of friendly competition between teammates, and you wonder if Trice might give Harris a bit of flak for coming up short on percentage from three. But if he does, Harris can get him right back.
While the two have lost track of how many contests they’ve had, they haven’t lost track of the score.
“We usually try and play as many games as we can before practice starts,” Trice said. “He’s up on me right now.”