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Emotional Izzo, focused Spartans put distractions and Terps aside in 74-68 victory

Emotional Izzo, focused Spartans put distractions and Terps aside in 74-68 victory

The past few days proved too much for Tom Izzo.

After the final buzzer sounded Sunday at Xfinity Center to signify the end of his sixth-ranked men’s basketball team’s 74-68 victory over Maryland, Michigan State’s Hall of Fame coach was clearly emotional for what normally would have been a run-of-the-mill road win over the reeling Terps.

Izzo’s emotions spilled over several times during a sometimes contentious postgame news conference when he was challenged by an ESPN reporter over eight-year-old rape allegations against a former player and student assistant.

Neither former star Adreian Payne nor Travis Walton was ever charged. ESPN ‘s “Outside The Lines” reported on an...

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