EAST LANSING – Tom Izoo’s answers and explanations weren’t easy.
Michigan State Basketball Purdue nearly led the game on Friday – including 19 minutes and 55.5 seconds into the second half – by dominating the defense, shooting above 50%, containing Trifon Williams early and building a 17-point lead less than a minute into the break.
But in the 18:46 final, Williams was nearly unstoppable. For more than 12 minutes, Spartans missed one shot after another from everywhere.
In the last 19.1 seconds, after Michigan State University surged forward four times to apparently claim victory, everything collapsed.
Error. rotation. Another mistake. A loose ball stayed with Purdue.
Boilermakers converted three possessions in 7.4 seconds into the game’s last five points, capped by Williams’ hook from a inside pass with 4.5 remaining, To dazzle Spartans 55-54 at the Priceline Center.
In an effort to find out how and why Friday night forced Ezo to regroup play by playing in 10 turnovers in the second half, losing free throws, rebound opportunities and questionable calls by umpires. He paused for a while, and calmly finished his assessment, head and shoulder, and they muttered “I don’t know” twice.
“The gods of basketball were not with us …” “But I’ll tell you this: The game should never have gone this far.”
A big match by Williams should sound an alarm when MSU (8-4, 2-4 Big Ten) travels to Iowa No. 7 on Thursday (9pm / FS1). A tougher test awaits in Luca Garza, who is second in the country with 27.2 points per match.
Ezo and co-leader Joshua Langford and Aaron Henry said they need to watch the movie to better understand the cause of the crash. The best place to start, however, would be in the paint, as junior strikers Joey Hauser and Malik Hall used the 8:10 final without substitution to try to stop Williams 6-10, 265 pounds.
Detroit Academy novice striker Henry Ford, Williams scored 24 of his 26 points in 8 out of 12 shots, snatching seven of his nine rebounds and making 8 of 10 free throws after halftime. And in the 3:19 final, against 6-9, 225lbs, 6-7 and 210lbs in Owner Hole in the paint, Williams scored 10 of Purdue’s last 12 points.
“If I’m being honest with you, I think we’ve followed our game plan to the tee,” said Langford, who had 10 points. “Williams is an incredible player, so you have to expect him to get some kind of shots and some attacks. The biggest thing we wanted to do was try to contain him.”
Williams got a short break in the second half, and came back at 13:17 after scoring five points in an 8–0 score after Spartans converted a 15-point advantage in the first half to a 33-16 lead in the second half.
With Williams back, Michigan State University rebuilt its advance to nine. But the big guy in Purdue got a tip through traffic, then made a foul throwing the ball with 12:14 to play.
Marcus Bingham Jr., 225-pound, 6-11 who made three shots in the first half, went to the bench final after he drew on his first foul of the match.
“A week ago, you’d be asking what Bingham is doing in the game,” Ezo said, adding that he felt Bingham’s slender build was going to pose a problem against the fat Williams. “I did what I did and it all fell on my shoulders, so blame me for that.”
Thomas Keither replaced Bingham and was away with Hall, who had played the last 13 minutes and more. In the backcourt together, Watts and Foster Lower made a spin during the prolonged drought of shooting at MSU. Then Williams sent Kithier deeply, and MSU striker’s elbow 6-8 back was his fourth foul. He, too, went to the bench forever.
Enter Julius Marble with 10:41 to go. Williams intimidated him with a three-point play. The marbles came out with 8:10 left and the Spartans’ lead narrowed to 41-38.
Ezo never returned to any of his four spots, including rookie Maddy Sissoko, who had Williams grabbed a 1 of 2 on shots and two points in the first half. Sissoko sat in the final 15:17.
“I’m good at making critical decisions,” Ezzo said. “I’m not like half of the people – if I don’t make the right person, I’ll be ready for it; if I make the right choice, I’ll look at it in a movie and tell you why.”
Hauser and Hall were the rest over Williams, who scored 16 points at that point. They kept him without a basket for over 5 minutes, with 3 pointers from Hauser picking up 12 minutes or more without a field goal and keeping MSU ahead, 48-43, with 3:42 to play.
Then Williams took over.
He split Hall and Hauser in order to throw the ball with 3:19 to play, then passed them over again with 2:28 to play. Williams supported Hauser’s foul and made the third mistake for Moscow for the juniors, with one of two free throws, then shot a pair to pull the 51-50 range with 1:21 to play after sending Hauser’s whistle again for the fourth time.
Henry split four defenders in Bordeaux on the ensuing possession in a corner throw with a 1:01 left, pocketed, then divided a pair of free throws with 19.1 to play. This is the final sequence mode.
The Spartans squad: Hauser and Hale at home, with Watts at the guard post alongside Henry and Langford in the backcourt. Watts, who finished the final at 1:13 after Ezo sent AJ Hoggard to the bench, Byrdo’s player Eric Hunter Jr. missed 11.9 seconds before the match, then fell to the ground in the next pass that ensued with 11.6 to play while the ball exhausted him. . Fingers off limits near Bordeaux basket.
Ezzo said he believes Watts may have made a mistake.
He said, “It seemed to me that they were behind him.” “I couldn’t see him, so I don’t know. I didn’t like the call at all.”
Henry just missed a rebound but made a foul on Williams, who made 1 out of 2, leaving 9.8. A loose ball then remained a tie between Hauser and Hunter with the Boilermakers. Matt Pinter called timeout 6.4 left, double screen in the middle of painting for Williams with Hall guarding him. Hall was cut off, Hauser was late to assist, and Williams buried the winning ball from the left block.
“I think in those past 20 seconds, they’ve played the effort,” said Henry, who scored 13 points but missed a runner at the end of the bell. “Some things went their way.”
Izzo’s explanations of his later squad’s moves included the following:
• “We did not feel comfortable with some of the other players.”
• “Joy did a good job with (Williams), to be honest, but then he got a fourth mistake. Malik was playing well.”
• “They turned some things on, and they made it from high to low. I thought there was a lot of push in both directions.”
• “Sometimes guys who are skinny – you have to remember, when Marky was there a lot (in the first half), Trifon wasn’t there much because he was in bad trouble. And Trifon was a burden.”
• “We were concerned about the free throw, and Maddy and Marky are not good at throwing the free throw.”
MSU Purdue, one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the Big Ten, has limited it to 3 out of 24 depths, including 0 versus 12 in the first half, and maintains 33.9% of marksmanship overall.
Ezo said of his endgame strategy, “What we didn’t want to do was let go of the number 3, because we didn’t think they could keep hitting us with 2”.
Except that is exactly what Purdue did.