The opening game of the Champions Classic was nowhere close to a disappointment as Kansas won a high scoring affair 92-87. Kansas came into this game losing to the Spartans the last two times they played in the Champions Classic but on Tuesday night it felt like Kansas controlled from start to finish.
Going into the game the match up of Udoka Azubuike and Nick Ward seemed to be where the game would be decided and the two didn’t dissapoint. Azubukie scored 17 on 7-10 shooting while Ward couldn’t handle the bigger Azubukie and struggled to score going 2-8 from the field finishing with 9 points. Both Kansas and Michigan State had four starters in double figures as Quinten Grimes led the way with 21 on 6-10 shooting from behind the arc. Dedrick Lawson added 20 points with Devon Dotson starting off his collegiate career with 16.
Michigan State played from behind for most of the game with Joshua Langford leading the way scoring 18. The Spartans struggled to take care of the ball as they turned the ball over 18 times. Kenny Goins kept the Spartans in the game as he added a double double scoring 17 while hauling in 11 rebounds. After trailing by 14 at the half Michigan State clawed their way back to within 3 with 35 seconds to play but the Spartans were unable to overcome the lead that Kansas built.
The Jayhawks will have some time to prepare as they await a pesky Vermont team on Monday, while the Spartans look to pick up their first win of the season when the host Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday