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Michigan State Vs. Penn State First Half Updates: Halftime

To close the half, Penn State went on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 29 but the Spartans answered with a 7-2 run of their own to take a five point lead into the half, 36-31.

Jeff Brooks leads Penn State with 10 points. Talor Battle has nine and Andrew Jones still has eight. Beyond that, there's not much scoring to speak of for the Lions. David Jackson has three points and Jermaine Marshall added a foul shot in the half for one point.

Durrell Summers leads Michigan State with 14 points on 3-4 shooting from 3-point territory. As a team, Michigan State is 4-8 from the perimeter. Kalin Lucas has nine points himself for Michigan State. No other Spartan has more than four points.

Michigan State has killed itself from the foul line today. Sparty is 4-8 from the line today and should probably have hit a few of those to establish a more comfortable lead. Michigan State let Penn State stay in the game against it when it was upset in Happy Valley in 2008 as the No. 7 team in the country. The last thing it wants today is to have foul shooting doom it again.

Penn State has maintained its rebounding edge and leads in that statistic 20-18 at the half. The Lions are really hitting the offensive glass well, leading the Spartans 8-6 there as well.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.