January 7th, 2017

Penn State opted to take a home game and play it at The Palestra on Saturday afternoon, a move that seemed to prove critical against Michigan State.Instead of the dull Bryce-Jordan Center back on Penn State’s campus, the old arena in Philadelphia was buzzing and the Nittany Lions took advantage, beating Michigan State, 72-63. It was Michigan State’s first loss in the Big Ten and ended a four-game winning streak for the Spartans (11-6, 3-1 Big Ten).

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Michigan State falls to Penn State at the Palestra for first Big Ten loss MLive
Tom Izzo said the Palestra was on his bucket list. Now he’s 0-1 at the old gym in West Philadelphia. Playing an inventive league game at college basketball’s most venerable venue, Penn State got what it bargained for while posting a 72-63 win.

Michigan State loses first Big Ten game, 72-63, to Penn State Land of 10
Michigan State saw its four-game winning streak end and dropped its first Big Ten game of the season in a 72-63 loss to Penn State at the Palestra in Philadelphia.

Three Takeaways: Michigan State Drops An Ugly One Against Penn State 72-63 The Only Colors
The Palestra is an institution of college basketball. Some call it “The Catherdral of College Basketball” even. While this is home court for a different team on every other day, the P at center-court might as well have stood for “Penn State” today. Listening to the sounds and looking at the stands today this was a “road home” game for the Nittany Lions as they beat the Spartans 72-63. Let’s break down some good and bad for this game.

Michigan State struggles on both ends in 72-63 loss to PSU Spartan Tailgate
Michigan State had too many defensive breakdowns and not enough consistency on offense in a 72-63 loss to Penn State on Saturday at the Palestra in Philadelphia. The Spartans fell behind by as many as 14 points and, unlike in the Big Ten opener against Minnesota, couldn’t complete the comeback against the Nittany Lions.

Spartans upset by Penn State at Palestra for first Big Ten loss State News
After trailing Penn State (10-7 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) by nine points at halftime, the Spartans (11-6 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) were unable to overcome the Nittany Lions and fell at the Palestra by a final score of 72-63.

Tom Izzo ’embarrassed’ by Michigan State’s play in 72-63 loss to PSU Detroit Free Press
Tom Izzo felt it was time for Michigan State’s four freshman to all start together. The Hall of Fame coach reinserted star Miles Bridges into the lineup against Penn State at the legendary Palestra, wary of the potential problems but intrigued by the possible perks.

Michigan State Drops 72-63 Decision to Penn State MSUSpartan.com
Nick Ward scored 16 points and Lourawls Nairn Jr. followed with 13 for the Spartans (11-6, 3-1). Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had called his program playing a game at the Palestra one of the few items left on his basketball bucket list. The Spartans missed too many buckets instead, missing 16 of 23 3s and they shot 37 percent from the floor overall in the second half.

What Tom Izzo had to say after Michigan State’s 72-63 loss to Penn State Land of 10
Michigan State lost its first Big Ten game of the season, falling 72-63 to Penn State Saturday afternoon at the Palestra in Philadelphia. The loss snapped Michigan State’s (11-6, 3-1) 4-game winning streak as well as a 7-game winning streak against Penn State (10-7, 2-2).

Tom Izzo unloads on Michigan State’s ‘effortless approach’ in loss to Penn State MLive
Tom Izzo brought his freshman-laden team to the Palestra on Saturday to face Pat Chambers’ freshman-laden team. Izzo decided to start all four of his first-year players, with Miles Bridges into the starting five.

A rough day for Miles Bridges, and the Spartans’ offense and defense fall flat MLive
Miles Bridges’ showing on Saturday showed two things: One, yes, it does indeed take a while to return from a monthlong ankle injury. Anyone who thought otherwise was kidding himself. And, two: Bridges still is far from having a defined role and place in the system.

Talkin’ Spartans: Analyzing MSU’s loss to Penn State at the Palestra Detroit Free Press
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press / LSJ MSU beat writer Chris Solari break down the Spartans’ 72-63 loss to Penn State in Philadelphia.

Game at Palestra a thrill for players, coaches Detroit News
Tom Izzo had been itching to play at the Palestra for years and was disappointed by how his team played. For Penn State coach Pat Chambers, it was like coming home. He grew up in the area and played at Philadelphia University. The town is also a recruiting hotbed for him as he continues to build the Nittany Lions’ program.

Tom Izzo says Miles Bridges ‘frustrated’ he’s not his old self Detroit Free Press
A reporter in the back of the room delivered a pointed question for Tom Izzo. “Are you saying Miles Bridges is not 100% healthy?” Michigan State’s coach guffawed, underscoring the obvious, and said his 6-foot-7 freshman is “about 80% healthy” after sitting out seven games with a left ankle injury.

Matt Charboneau on Michigan State’s loss to Penn State Detroit News

Michigan State Suffers First Conference Loss at The Palestra isportsweb
To start their season, Michigan State basketball laced up their sneakers in two countries and five different states, serving as the most well-traveled team in the country. On Saturday afternoon, the Spartans visited yet another new venue, The Palestra in Philadelphia, the most hallowed arena in the history of college basketball. This venue has hosted more games and more teams than any other in the country, and it has seen many legendary players and coaches during its ninety-year story. Today, it hosted its first ever Big Ten conference game, and it appeared that the basketball gods that roam this arena had a heavy hand in helping the Nittany Lions of Penn State, as they defeated the Spartans 72-63.