Michigan State 67, Penn State 65
 
 
 

 

 
 

March 4, 2010

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Michigan State vs. Penn State
March 3, 2010

Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo

Opening statement...
Thank God for Mike Kebler. We went on that 10-0 run when he was in there. I thought Green and Morgan played pretty hard. Give Penn State credit they bounced back. Looking at our stats there decent in terms of rebounds and turnovers but we had a lot of turnovers in a row and that's unexplainable.

On Mike Kebler...
He made a difference. When we went on that 10-0 run, he made a nice pass to Durrell, he didn't try to do to much, he just made some plays and his defense was good and you know what he deserved to play. Thank God we had him. Every time we went inside and got the ball inside more we scored. We just had a rough night and turned it over at the wrong times.

On what happened every time the team got up by double-digits...
We turned it over a couple times. We gave them the ball and told them to go down and make a layup. College basketball isn't a charity event. We did not seem to respect the game and we just made some bad plays but somehow thanks to a couple of guys we found a way to win a game. I'm not really happy with the way we played; in fact I'm flat out embarrassed.

On Raymar Morgan's accomplishment...
That's the sad thing about this job, not enough times do you get to enjoy or realize what some guys accomplish. I'll make sure I talk to Raymar when I get back in there because I didn't even know. It puts him in rare company. It says a lot about a great college career and hopefully he'll get rewarded on Sunday.

On Draymond and Raymar getting easy baskets...
Those two guys did a great job and every time we went in we wanted to put Raymar at the high post and sometimes we put Draymond at the there. They made good decisions and we need our inside guys to make good decisions. I give a lot of credit to those two guys for how they kept it together especially after that ten point lead dissolved in it seems like a matter of seconds.

On if the team had a lack of urgency...
I think I've said that all year. It's not like a light bulb and you just turn it on and off. You don't have to have a sense of urgency you don't just turn it on because it's a big game. Maybe you can understand why things have bothered me throughout the year. It wasn't good enough. It wasn't good enough for Travis Walton or Goran Suton that were sitting there, it wasn't good enough for the players who played here before. Right now we're going to realize that the program is a lot bigger than Tom Izzo but it's a lot bigger than some players. We will play better on Sunday.

Penn State Head Coach Ed DeChellis

On the shot David Jackson had at the end of the game...
We tried to run that out of the timeout. We kind of misdirected trying to drive it off one way and they were doing a good job of hedging (Talor) Battle and playing him very hard. We went with a pick-and-pop action and David had a pretty good look at it. I thought the darn thing was in and then it kind of bounced in and out and all around. We had a good shot at it. It just didn't go in the basket.

On the team's resilience after being down...
It's been a very tough year for us and this is kind of the way the games have gone, what you saw here this evening. Our kids have always fought and played hard and continued to execute and do the things we ask them to do. It's been a possession. It's been a possession where Chris Babb gets the ball and the steal. He's driving down the floor and someone runs him down and the ball goes free. The ball bounces everywhere and they end up with it and throw it down the floor and we foul. That's our season, but our kids have played hard and executed and gave ourselves a chance here to win tonight. We've given ourselves a chance to win every game. They've been a very resilient bunch and I am really proud of them.

On defending Raymar Morgan...
He's a good player. He's a senior and this is his time. He's going to try and make a run at thing, that's important. He's a good player. He's a big kid, he's a strong kid. He can do a lot of different things. We tried to minimize the opportunities the best we could. I thought they'd chop us up with man-to-man so we went to the zone trying to make them make some jump shots. Guys really haven't been shooting it great from the parameter so we thought we would take our chances that way. We didn't keep the ball in the high post enough and Morgan got it in there and drew Jones, our big kid fouled out.

On the last play with the scramble to get the ball...
We got a steal and pushed it. Chris got it, but he got run down and the ball comes bouncing free and there is a mad scramble for the ball and we don't come up with it. That's been kind of who we are all year. It's been one play, it's one basket, it's one shot. DJ's shot goes and it's a different game. We score on that play and it's a different game. We didn't make the play. Give Michigan State all of the credit. They made all the plays at the last minute when they had to make them.