Jan. 2, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP)--Kalin Lucas scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half Saturday night and No. 11 Michigan State pulled away and routed No. 25 Northwestern 91-70.
Michigan State (11-3) used its speed, depth and a 12-0 run to build a big second-half lead and win its Big Ten opener.
Northwestern (10-3, 0-2) lost its second straight since breaking into the Top 25 for the first time since 1969.
John Shurna led Northwestern with 29 points, tying his career high.
Morgan hit a 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer to cap a 14-3 run as the Spartans took a 41-33 lead. During the closing spurt, Summers hit two from the line, Chris Allen drove for a basket, Draymond Green got inside for two baskets and Lucas canned a jumper as Michigan State showed its versatility.
Summers had 14 points in the opening half, including a pair of spectacular dunks and a pair of 3-pointers. He shot 5 for 7 and also had six rebounds.
Northwestern, averaging 10 3-pointers made and 28 attempted per game, was 5 for 15 in the opening half and finished the game 9 for 26.
The Spartans pushed their halftime lead to 13 points seven minutes into the second half as Korie Lucious hit a 3-pointer and Northwestern began to struggle from the field and the line.
Lucas, who came off the bench in the Spartans' previous game against Texas-Arlington because coach Tom Izzo was not pleased with his leadership, then drove through the middle for a layup. And after an offensive rebound came his way after a missed dunk, Lucas hit a 3-pointer from the corner to make it 61-43 with just under 11 minutes to play.
Michigan State is now 20-2 in last 22 games against Northwestern, even though the Wildcats won the previous meeting 70-63 last January in East Lansing. That victory came behind 31 points from Kevin Coble, who is out for the season with a foot injury.