D-II Grand Valley Upsets MSU In Exhibition Opener

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Appalachian State, meet Grand Valley State.
The Division II Lakers stunned Big Ten favorite Michigan State 85-82 in two overtimes Friday night in exhibition play.
Jason Jamerson led all scorers with 19 points. Justin Ringler had 16 for Grand Valley, including a critical three-point play at the end of regulation. And Callistus Eziukwu had eight of his 15 points in the second OT.
The Spartans shouldn't have been shocked since they trailed the Lakers for 38:14 before escaping with a win last season. This time, Grand Valley controlled the game for most of its 50 minutes.
The Lakers, an Elite Eight team last March, rallied from a 65-63 deficit in the final 15 seconds of regulation and a 75-71 disadvantage in the last minute of the first extra session. Grand Valley State never trailed in the final five minutes.
Chris Allen led Michigan State with 15 points. Fellow freshman Kalin Lucas had 12. But Drew Neitzel, a preseason All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year, failed to score until a 3-point shot bounced in with 13:43 left in the second half. Neitzel finished with 12 points but was just 3-for-15 from the field.
The Lakers led 40-36 at halftime, as Nick Freer scored 10 points of his 12 points and didn't miss a shot. They finished with a 44-41 rebounding edge and a 27-12 advantage in points beyond the arc.
The night began with a pep rally for the Michigan State football team on the eve of its matchup with archrival Michigan. Head coach Mark Dantonio and co-captain Travis Key spoke to the sellout crowd before the coaches and players formed a tunnel to welcome the basketball team.
The Spartans responded with a wide array of mistakes at both ends, while the Lakers played solidly and hit their open shots. Every time Michigan State drew even, Grand Valley State had an answer, hitting six times from long range in the first 20 minutes.


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