Murray • David Collette sat on the bench, kicking himself for getting into foul trouble so early Tuesday night. He watched the first quarter come to an end as his team battled West. Then the second. With two fouls, Murray's 6-foot-8 center knew he had to sit until the second half.
"I immediately got started thinking about the third quarter," Collette said, "what I had to do to step up."
He wasted no time in the third quarter putting that plan into action. He scored on a post move on the Spartans first possession, and hit a 3-pointer on the next. He scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half. Murray turned a two-point halftime deficit into a 79-61 win after outscoring the Panthers by 20 points in the second half.