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Michigan State basketball works to fix, not fixate, on problems after blowout loss

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Gabe Brown’s emotions were raw as he attempted to process a 29-point loss at Purdue, Michigan State basketball’s first Big Ten defeat of the season.

“Coach said it's one of his worst losses, so it's embarrassing to him, too. It's embarrassing to us,” the sophomore swingman said. “So we gotta get back to work and find out what happened.”

Across the locker room, Rocket Watts disagreed with Brown’s characterization of the 14th-ranked Spartans’ 71-42 defeat Sunday at Mackey Arena. Maybe it was inexperience, perhaps it was his growing confidence, but the freshman guard took a more pragmatic approach to the blowout.