Observations from Wednesday's 66-61 Loss Against Michigan State

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Back and Forth
In the first half of the game, there were four ties and 16 lead changes. No team led by more than five points. In the Gophers' and Spartans' last meeting, Michigan State led by 10 at halftime. The second half tonight never saw a lead larger than nine points. Tonight's meeting was much more competitive than the 68-52 loss on Jan. 25 in East Lansing.
Go Gophers! Austin
Go Gophers!
Austin Hollins made four three-pointers on his way to 17 points.
Go Gophers!

Back on the Scoreboard
Starting guard Austin Hollins was held scoreless at Northwestern on Saturday, but came back with a 17-point performance tonight. He posted eight of those points in the first half, including both of the team's first-half threes. He was 4-of-6 from three for the game. Elliott Eliason scored four points after a scoreless game in Evanston. Previously, Joe Coleman had been in a four-game stretch without a basket. He broke that slump with 12 points at Northwestern, and had four tonight.

May I Be of Assistance?

Julian Welch has been distributing the ball well lately. He established a career high with nine assists against Ohio State, followed by five at Northwestern. Welch dished out eight assists tonight. He is now averaging 3.2 assists per game on the year.

Spartans Continue to Roll
With this win, Michigan State retained sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings. The Spartans have won six straight games and sit at No. 6 in both polls.

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