Nov. 28, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Durrell Summers scored 21 points, and No. 2 Michigan State warmed up for its showdown with top-ranked Duke with a 73-55 win over Tennessee Tech on Sunday.
The Spartans (5-1) will surely drop in the rankings before taking on the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday night. Michigan State lost to Connecticut earlier this week at the Maui Invitational, although the Spartans bounced back with a victory over Washington.
They also had little trouble with Tennessee Tech (0-3) of the Ohio Valley Conference.
At least the Golden Eagles were able to play this game. Their home opener Tuesday night was canceled when visiting Appalachian State failed to supply officials for the game.
Michigan State went on a brief run near the end of the first half. Summers threw down an alley-oop dunk from Draymond Green while drawing a foul, then made the free throw for a 21-16 lead. Moments later, Adreian Payne's one-handed dunk put the Spartans ahead by nine.
They entered halftime ahead 32-20.
Michigan State pushed the lead to 43-23 early in the second half, then the crowd came to its feet in a standing ovation during a timeout - though it wasn't for anything the basketball team was doing. The crowd was responding to the sight of football coach Mark Dantonio.
Dantonio was at the game a day after his team beat Penn State to win a share of the school's first Big Ten football championship since 1990.
Michigan State center Derrick Nix entered the game with 12:00 left in the second half. He rejoined the team after missing the Maui Invitational because of what coach Tom Izzo said were personal reasons. Nix didn't attempt a shot in five minutes, but he did have three steals.
Green finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Kalin Lucas scored 15 points for Michigan State, and Summers surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. Summers finished 8 of 11 from the field.
Zach Bailey and Kevin Murphy scored 11 points each for Tennessee Tech.
The Spartans nearly met Duke in last season's national title game, but they lost to Butler in the semifinals. The Blue Devils will be unbeaten heading into the rematch, which is part of a difficult stretch of nonconference games that will test Michigan State.
In addition to the Maui event and the trip to Duke, the Spartans will also take on Syracuse and Texas before starting Big Ten play.
Tennessee Tech will try again to play a home game Wednesday night against SIU-Edwardsville.