College Hoops Player of the Day for Tuesday, December 7, 2010
As the second game of the Jimmy V Classic, the match-up between Syracuse and Michigan State appeared to be a good one, but midway through the first half, the Orange took control and pretty much turned the rest of the night into a real yawner.
Syracuse stormed to a 38-29 lead at the half, and though the Spartans rallied to cut the deficit down to three early in the second half, it was a close as they would get. Any time Michigan State made a run, either Scoop Jardine, who led the scoring with 19 points, or Rick Jackson (8-15, 17 points, 16 rebounds), would make a play to keep the Spartans at bay.
Michigan State had real problems penetrating the Orange's elastic zone defense. Finding good shots was a problem for Michigan State from the opening tip to the final, 72-58, score. A lot of that had to do with Jackson, a bulwark on the baseline who is averaging a double-double (13.6 points, 12.8 rebounds) and is a superb defender in the post.
Syracuse, now 9-0, outrebounded the Spartans, 38-30 and force 16 turnovers. Michigan State dropped its third game of the season, losing previously to Connecticut and Duke.