It would appear that the Michigan State men's b-ball crew removed a page from the football crew's playbook in Sunday's game vs. Purdue.
Although to be fair to the Spartans, this is their third game in seven days, and it showed.
Subsequent to beating No. 13 Maryland on Monday and No. 18 Iowa on Thursday, Michigan State hit a stopping point in the opening 20 minutes versus the Boilermakers, out and about, at Mackey Arena.
Purdue led Michigan State, 37-19, at the a half portion of, the least focuses points Michigan State has scored in a first half since Dec. 30, 2014, a 68-68 double-OT loss vs. Maryland where the Spartans trailed 17-14 at the half.
The Spartans wound up making the Final Four that year, for what it's worth.
Before halftime, the CBS Sports telecast incorrectly said it was the fewest points in a half since 2004, referencing MSU's 75-51 loss to Illinois on Feb. 10, 2004, when the Spartans only scored 20 first-half points. They corrected it shortly before the second half began.
The Spartans shot 7 of 31 from the field (23 percent), and 3 of 14 from downtown (21 percent).
MSU, ranked sixth in the nation coming in and sitting atop the Big Ten at 9-0, appear destined for its first league loss of the season. But the Spartans did overcome an 18-point deficit vs. Texas earlier this season.