Poor Shooting Dooms Spartans Against Jayhawks
Orlando is a popular vacation spot and the Michigan State offense took a vacation in the second half and lost the championship game of the Orlando Classic 61-56 to the 11th ranked Kansas Jayhawks Sunday afternoon at HP Field House in Orlando. #20 Michigan State (5-2) and Kansas (5-1) played close the entire first half including four ties and four lead changes and MSU took a one point lead into halftime, 36-35. The second half, however, was a different story as Michigan State started 1-12 shooting which allowed Kansas to go on a 10-2 run to start the half and never relinquished the lead. MSU got within three with 90 seconds to go but Branden Dawson missed a layup and that was the last time the Spartans threatened and they finished the game with only 32% shooting.. Michigan State was led by Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine who scored 14 apiece. Kansas had three players in double figures led by Perry Ellis' 17. Michigan State plays again Wednesday night as they travel to South Bend to take on Notre Dame in the Big 10-ACC Challenge. Pregame coverage begins at 6:00pm on Lansing's Big Talker 1240 and Classic Rock 94.9 WMMQ.