Thursday, September 16, 2021

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SPORTS UPDATE: Spartans topple Penn State in first road win

State College, Penn. - The MSU men’s basketball team finally won a game outside the friendly confines of Breslin Center. MSU (11-7 overall, 2-4 Big Ten) lost six-straight games away from home before it beat Penn State, 77-65, Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center. “That was a huge win,” freshman guard Chris Hill said.

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Spartans look for road win

The MSU men’s basketball team achieved one of its goals Wednesday night, and will look for another Saturday at Penn State. After notching its first Big Ten win Wednesday, the Spartans (10-7 overall, 1-3 Big Ten) will look for their first road victory at 12:17 p.m.

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Spartans earn first Big Ten victory

For Kelvin Torbert and the MSU men’s basketball team, Wednesday night was a coming out party.Not only did the Spartans’ first Big Ten win register at 65-56 over Purdue (9-10 overall, 1-4 Big Ten), but it brought the emergence of the freshman guard. Last Saturday, Torbert was five-tenths of a second away from the Spartans’ first Big Ten tally - he continued Wednesday where he left off.

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Spartans look to rebound

MSU men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo said after Saturday’s loss to Wisconsin, it’s time “to start a new streak.”And the Spartans (9-7 overall, 0-3 Big Ten) have a chance to do just that at 8 p.m.

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Deane has shooters touch

In Purdue’s basketball media guide, Willie Deanes lists his favorite film as “When We Were Kings” - a documentary about Muhammad Ali’s 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” with George Foreman.Despite the recent Hollywood release of “Ali,” the Big Ten’s leading scorer hasn’t shifted his allegiance.“When We Were Kings’ is still my favorite movie,” Deane, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior guard said.

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Torberts shot not enough

The old sports cliché “catch the ball with two hands” haunts Kelvin Torbert after Saturday’s 64-63 loss to Wisconsin.In one motion, the freshman guard caught an inbound pass, cradled the ball and banked in what seemed to be the winning shot as time expired.But after officials reviewed the play, the shot was disallowed.

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Basketball looking for Breslin Center boost

After losing three road games in three weeks, the No. 25 Spartans finally return to Breslin Center on Saturday to take on Wisconsin. A home game could be the catalyst MSU (9-6 overall, 0-2 Big Ten) needs to pull itself out of the Big Ten’s basement.

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W-hoops improve record to 9-1 with win over Providence

Behind a career night from freshman center Kelli Roehrig, the Spartan women’s basketball team extended its winning streak Friday to five games with a 64-47 victory over the Providence Friars. Roehrig finished the evening with career highs in points, rebounds and minutes - leading all scorers with 22 points and adding 7 rebounds in her 35 minutes of floor time. “Tonight, I just felt very confident,” she said.

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All to themselves: Spartans beat UNC-Asheville to claim Big Ten record for home winning streak

The No. 17 Spartans are still rolling.With a 76-56 win over UNC-Asheville on Monday at Breslin Center, the nation’s longest home winning streak stayed alive at 51, breaking the Big Ten record once held jointly by Ohio State (1959-63) and Indiana (1991-95).But the score may be deceiving.“This was not a 20-point game,” head coach Tom Izzo said.The MSU men’s basketball team entered the game looking less enthusiastic than it did Saturday against then-No.