Draymond Green scored 24 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and handed out 10 assists to lift Michigan State to an 89-67 win over Long Island on Friday in Columbus in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Michigan State (28-7) got solid performances from both Green and Adreian Payne. Green knocked down 10-of-17 shot attempts.
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FINAL RECAP: Draymond Green scored 24 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and handed out 10 assists to lift Michigan State to an 89-67 win over Long Island on Friday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Michigan State (28-7) got solid performances from both Green and Adreian Payne. Green knocked down 10-of-17 shot attempts. Payne scored 16 points, hauled in seven rebounds, and made 8-of-11 shots from the floor. The Spartans shot 59 percent from the field (40-of-68). Michigan State was tough on the offensive boards, grabbing 15.
The Spartans also got double-digit efforts from Keith Appling, who scored 10 and Derrick Nix, who scored 18. Jamal Olasewere contributed 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds for Long Island (25-9) in the loss. Julian Boyd had a quality shooting game, nailing 7-of-13 shots from the field and scoring 15 points. The Blackbirds were on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 47 percent (8-of-17). More Long Island scoring came from C.J. Garner, who scored 15. Michigan State won the rebounding battle en route to victory, pulling down 42 boards to 19 for Long Island.
HALFTIME RECAP: Draymond Green and Adreian Payne combined for a successful first half as Michigan State leads 42-37 over Long Island. Green scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds, and had three assists. Payne scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds, and shot 4-of-7 from the field. The Spartans controlled the boards, outrebounding the Blackbirds 21-10 in the first half.
Long Island put the clamps on Michigan State’s three-point game (0-of-5, zero percent from long range), while the Spartans shot 61 percent in the first half on two-point field goals. Michigan State had eight offensive rebounds in the first half, leading to second-chance opportunities. Michigan State got points from seven different players. The Blackbirds shot 5-of-8 from beyond the arc in the first half (63 percent). Eight Long Island players scored in the first half. Jason Brickman led the way for Long Island in the first half, with five points and five assists.
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