Italians Roll Spartans, 90-69

A day after Tom Izzo’s Spartans were thumped 93-75 by the Russian national team, they made a late run to get within five points of the Italian national team in an upset bid in Trieste, Italy — then succumbed to a 20-4 run to end the game with a 90-69 final score.

MSU senior guard Denzel Valentine had 23 points to lead the Spartans in scoring for a third straight game, the first of which was a 98-54 win over a club team in Florence. He has 60 points in the three games. – Read more at

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