EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — The Michigan State men’s basketball team had one of its best offensive performances of all time at Iowa on Saturday, but couldn’t overcome a barrage of late 3-pointers from the Hawkeyes.
Michigan State shot an incredible 59.3% from the field and 73.3% from three, hit 31-36 free throws, and scored 106 points, but it wasn’t enough, as Iowa hit five straight 3-pointers in the final seconds to send it to overtime.
Once it went to overtime, the Spartans had lost all momentum, and ultimately fell 112-106.
Tom Izzo and the Spartans will now be tasked with trying to find the positives from the performance in Iowa City.
The major announcement of the press conference came near the end, when Izzo said that the game against Minnesota will not be rescheduled. The game was originally cancelled because of the mass shooting at Michigan State. Izzo expressed frustration with the Big Ten league offices for how the situation was handled.
Izzo said the loss at Iowa was one of the toughest losses of his entire tenure at MSU. He said his team’s effort was fantastic for 38 minutes but they didn’t do what they needed to win in the final minutes.
In addition, Izzo said the game at Iowa was probably the best MSU has played since Cassius Winston was on campus.
Michigan State has two games left on the schedule, with a trip to Nebraska on Tuesday and a game at home against Ohio State on Saturday.
Izzo said that Nebraska is one of the hottest teams in the country right now, so his team will have to get “off the mat” one more time.