Penn State turned its shooting around in the second half against Michigan State on Wednesday, but poor rebounding proved to be the Nittany Lions' undoing as the fell by a score of 77-57 at the Jack Breslin Center in East Lansing.
The Spartans (19-5, 8-3 Big Ten) earned a whopping 17-6 margin on the offensive boards in their victory, grabbing just eight fewer offensive rebounds than Penn State did total rebounds (25) on the evening. This helped them hold off the Lions who boosted their shooting percentage from 20.8 percent at the end of the first half to 38.5 percent by the end of the game.
Tim Frazier led Penn State with 19 points on 6-of-18 shooting and added seven assists and five rebounds. He also had six turnovers in the game. Jermaine Marshall added 12 for the Lions and Nick Colella, who posted his first career start, had nine points on 3-of-7 shooting from three-point territory.
Draymond Green posted a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead Michigan State. Adreian Payne and Brandan Dawson added 12 points each while Keith Appling reached double figures with 10 points.
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