Michigan State 84, Purdue 61
Jan. 5, 2013
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo
On the other side of it, I asked [Gary] Harris to be more aggressive and I thought he played a heck of a game, and I thought Travis Trice did an unbelievable job, and as crazy as it sounds being 2- 6 [from the field], Keith Appling ran our team pretty good, he had eight assists, he had one turnover, he was getting pressure and he made proper decisions. I was really pleased with the way Keith played.
We've got some things to feel good on, that you can see if we put it together. I thought we made some great shots. I thought we made tougher shots than we missed easy shots. But Purdue is a very well-coached tough physical team.
On Branden Dawson playing better in the 2nd Half after coming off his knee injury last season...
The injury has bothered the kid. He just hasn't come back. Would you say tentative, could have dunked some, could have got up? The second half, I think he just decided to let it go, and I don't think it's physically hindering him, but like a lot of people tell me, there's a mental hindrance to serious injuries like that, and I think B.J. played at a different energy level the second half. I don't think he played necessarily that much better, I just think he was always around the ball because he played at a different energy level. I was really pleased with him and told him before the game and I told him after the game that that's the way he's got to play. But it's hard to push a guy when you don't know how much is injury, and how much is laziness or inept, and that's a very delicate area right now for me.
He needed to have a good game. Now we'll see if he can maintain that kind of energy that he had in the second half because it was a big difference in the game.
On Gary Harris playing well in today's game...
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