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No excuses from Purdue's Smith
January 24, 2012 - Burt Angeli
Ryne Smith didn’t make any excuses for Purdue’s poor shooting in a loss to Michigan State.
"We should have been ready to play," said the grandson of Phyllis and the late Stu Smith of Crystal Falls. "It was kind of like an AAU game. We (traveled and played) when we were 15 or 16. Why can't we do it when we are 22? We just didn't play well, and they were better."
Travel problems related to the weather left the Boilermakers making a long bus trip and arriving two hours before game time Saturday morning.
Smith, who was 1 of 6 from the floor and scored four points, told the Lafayette (Ind.) Journal and Courier "we did a great job of handling (the poor shooting) until about the 12-minute mark. That's when it all fell apart. We did a good job playing hard. But at that 12-minute mark, it was tough."
Smith, a senior guard from Toledo, averages 9.9 points per game.
Purdue Web site describes Smith as “one of the breakout shooters in the Big Ten a year ago ... Has expanded his offensive repertoire to present defenses with multiple threats from the perimeter ... Noted for his energy and passion, embraces the role of defensive agitator.”
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