Michigan State basketball can’t overcome Zach Edey’s career day in a 64-63 loss to Purdue

EAST LANSING — Massive Purdue massive man Zach Edey confirmed why he may very well be the Big Ten’s finest participant.

Diminutive Michigan State basketball guard Tyson Walker confirmed why he may be the league’s most clutch.

In the tip, dimension issues.

Edey scored a career-high 32 factors with 17 rebounds, hitting a layup with 2.2 seconds to play to assist the third-ranked Boilermakers escape Breslin Center with a hard-fought 64-63 victory Monday afternoon.

Walker — who beat Purdue final 12 months at Breslin with a step-back 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left for a 68-65 win — appeared to hit the upset-making shot once more. The senior guard hunted and pecked his manner into the paint in the ultimate 20 seconds, backed out to the fitting wing, delivered a crossover dribble to free himself and hit a leap shot with 10.8 seconds to play over the Boilermakers’ Ethan Morton.

Michigan State Spartans guard Tyson Walker (2) scores towards Purdue Boilermakers ahead Mason Gillis (0) in the course of the first half Monday, Jan. 16, 2023 on the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

But the Boilermakers after an MSU timeout pushed the ball up the courtroom shortly and located Edey on the left block, and the 7-foot-4, 305-pound junior delivered a hook shot over Mady Sissoko for the eventual winner.

The Spartans nonetheless had one other probability after a timeout and inbounded the ball from the baseline below Purdue’s basket. AJ Hoggard’s lengthy move to Joey Hauser obtained tipped out of bounds by the Boilers’ Brandon Newman. Refs reviewed and put 1.8 seconds on the clock, with MSU getting the ball on the left baseline throughout from its bench.

Walker got here off a display on the prime of the important thing and caught Hoggard’s move in stride. But Morton closed on him, and the ball fell in need of the rim as time expired.

The 6-1 Walker scored his MSU-high with 30 factors on 12 for 23 capturing, together with 19 in the second half and 14 with below seven minutes left. Hoggard had 14 factors and eight assists, whereas Hauser scored 10. The 6-9 Sissoko grabbed eight rebounds, however he battled foul bother towards Edey all through the complete back-and-forth second half.

The Spartans (12-6, 4-3) host Rutgers on Thursday (6:30 pm/FS1).

Edey completed 13 of 26 capturing. Fletcher Loyer, brother of former MSU guard Foster, added 17 factors on 5-for-9 capturing for first-place Purdue (17-1, 6-1), which has gained 4 straight.

Tough begin

News broke earlier than the sport of MSU probably being with out Malik Hall (left foot) for an additional prolonged absence.

Coach Tom Izzo on his pregame radio present didn’t specify what Hall’s newest harm is, however he expects the senior ahead to probably miss extra time after sitting out eight video games earlier this season with a stress response in his left foot. Hall wore a strolling boot when he got here out with the workforce earlier than tipoff.

Whether that affected the Spartans early was laborious to inform, significantly as a result of Edey dominated. The Purdue junior feasted inside, making seven of his first 14 photographs and posting a double-double by halftime with 17 factors and 10 rebounds.

But it was a foul name on Sissoko on one in all Edey’s rebounds as their arms locked that drew Izzo’s ire. Purdue answered with a bounce move from Loyer to a reducing Furst, whose backdoor reduce for a dunk made it 24-11 Boilermakers and prompted MSU to name timeout with 5:43 to go in the half.

Purdue center Zach Edey scores the winning basket past Michigan State center Mady Sissoko (22) and guard Jaden Akins (3) on Jan.  16, 2023 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

Purdue middle Zach Edey scores the profitable basket previous Michigan State middle Mady Sissoko (22) and guard Jaden Akins (3) on Jan. 16, 2023 on the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

It regarded like a knockout blow. But it wasn’t.

Strong response

The Spartans got here out of the timeout, and Walker hit a midpaint floater off a bounce move in the lane from Jaden Akins. Then Hoggard obtained deep into the paint, hesitated and scored by way of a foul on Loyer. The three-point play flipped the power in Breslin from offended to hopeful.

Hoggard and Walker continued to make performs, with every hitting jumpers to slice a 13-point gap to 5. After a pair of Edey free throws, Hoggard once more drove into the lane, and the Purdue massive man swatted his shot. But MSU freshman middle Carson Cooper swooped in to acquire the ball and shortly scored a layup earlier than Edey may retreat.

Then with 10 seconds left earlier than the break, Hoggard delivered a nasty crossover dribble that despatched Morton sliding throughout the ground. Another defender switched, and Hoggard flicked the ball to Walker for a 3-pointer. The Spartans went to halftime trailing, 27-25, and on a 14-3 run over the ultimate 5:09, holding the Boilers with out a subject aim over the ultimate 5:47.

Walker had 11 factors on 5-for-11 capturing on the half, whereas Hoggard had seven factors and 5 assists.

Momentum swinging

That end-of-half surge continued into the second half, as Hauser scored instantly out of the break, adopted by a Hoggard 3-pointer and Walker jumper that gave MSU a 32-27 lead — its first since 3:36 into the sport. at 5-4

Michigan State Spartans forward Joey Hauser (10) drives against the Purdue Boilermakers during the first half Monday, Jan.  16, 2023 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

Michigan State Spartans ahead Joey Hauser (10) drives towards the Purdue Boilermakers in the course of the first half Monday, Jan. 16, 2023 on the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

The Spartans continued to shut down Edey early. That did not final, although. It began with a dunk by the large man, adopted by a Loyer 3-pointer that tied it again up at 32-all. Then Edey scored Purdue’s subsequent seven factors with two extra dunks and a three-point play. The Boilermakers’ 14-5 burst put them again up, 41-37, with 10:36 to go.

Back got here MSU with one other large counterpunch, reclaiming the lead on 4 straight free throws by Walker and Akins, then once more on a Hauser jumper after Edey drew Sissoko’s fourth foul and hit a pair of free throws. Score: 48-46 Spartans with 5:53 to play.

Haymakers ensued. By each groups. Many of them coming from Walker, together with two 3-pointers and a deep jumper that put MSU forward 61-60 and prompted Purdue coach Matt Painter to name timeout with 1:31 left.

Eventually, Edey’s top benefit and put up presence proved the distinction. The Boilermakers completed with a 34-16 scoring benefit in the paint.

Contact Chris Solari: csolari@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrissolari.

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This article initially appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan State basketball misplaced to Zach Edey, Purdue, 64-63, at dwelling

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