Dec. 5, 1997

Michigan State Faces Cleveland State in Road Test

GAME INFORMATION -- After sustaining its first home loss of the season on Thursday, the Michigan State men's basketball team will look to regroup when it battles the Vikings of Cleveland State on Saturday (Dec. 6). The CSU Convocation Center (13,610) serves as the site of the sixth-ever meeting between MSU and CSU and tipoff is slated for 7:35 p.m.

COVERAGE -- All MSU basketball games can be heard on WJIM Radio (1240 AM/97.5 FM). Describing the play-by-play is Mark Champion while former Spartan head coach, Gus Ganakas, serves as analyst.

THE RECORDS -- MSU stands 3-2 following a tough 56-54 nailbiter setback against No. 20-ranked Temple on Thursday. In that game, the Spartans were held to just 33.3 percent from the floor (19-of-57) while Temple connected on 51.3 percent (20-of-39) of its attempts. MSU faced a pair of 13-point deficits in the first half, but rallied to go ahead on three occasions in the second half. The Green and White held a 54-52 advantage with 1:16 remaining, but the Owls held the Spartans scoreless the remainder of the contest, withstanding MSU's attempt to tie the game in the waning seconds, in posting the win. Freshman Andre Hutson, junior Jason Klein and sophomore Mateen Cleaves all tallied 11 points to share for team scoring honors, while Hutson grabbed a game-high nine boards in helping the Spartans record a 34-25 advantage on the glass.

Cleveland State hosts MSU with an overall slate of 1-3. The Vikings earned their first win of the year on Tuesday (Dec. 2) with a 75-74 win at Kent. CSU dropped its lone home appearance to date when it came out on the short end of a 74-58 decision to Alabama-Birmingham on Nov. 17.

THE SERIES -- In a series that originated in 1982, Michigan State owns a 5-0 all-time mark against Cleveland State. In contests played at Cleveland, the Green and White claim a 2-0 record against the Vikings. The last time MSU played on the shores of Lake Erie (12/7/93), it came away with a 90-76 triumph. Last year, MSU fought back from an 11-point deficit (64-53) with 10:10 remaining and registered an 83-78 victory at the Breslin Center. Current Spartans playing a key role in that affair included Antonio Smith (16 pts., 10 rebs.) and Mateen Cleaves (10 pts.).

THE COACHES -- Michigan State is guided by head coach Tom Izzo (Northern Michigan '77), who is in his third season at the helm of the program. Izzo has a school and career record of 36-30. In games at the Breslin Center, Izzo has posted a record of 26-10, 10-20 on the road. Izzo is 1-0 against Cleveland State.

Cleveland State Head Coach Rollie Massimino (Vermont '56) is in his second season leading the Vikings and owns a school record of 10-22. Now in his 25th campaign as a collegiate head coach, Massimino has a career mark of 437-300. Prior to his current post at CSU, Massimino spent the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons at UNLV where he compiled a 36-21 record. He enjoyed an illustrious 19-year career at Villanova where he manufactured a 357-241 slate which included the 1985 national championship.

MICHIGAN STATE PROBABLE STARTERS (3-2 overall)
F -- #13    ANTONIO SMITH (Jr., 6-8, 7.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg)
F -- #11    DAVID THOMAS (So., 6-7, 8.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg)
F -- #34    ANDRE HUTSON (Fr., 6-8, 7.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
G -- #14    CHARLIE BELL (Fr., 6-3, 9.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
G -- #12    MATEEN CLEAVES (So., 6-2, 13.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 7.2 apg)
        
CLEVELAND STATE PROBABLE STARTERS (1-3 overall)
F -- #34    THEO DIXON (Fr., 6-6, 7.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
F -- #42    MICHAEL BOWENS (Sr., 6-6, 9.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg)
C -- #45    STEVE BOWIE (Jr., 6-8, 6.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg)
G -- #20    KELDRICK BROOKS (Jr., 6-0, 3.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg)
G -- #33    JAMES MADISON (So., 6-2, 15.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg)

TOM IZZO RADIO SHOW INFO -- Starting on Monday, Dec. 1, the Tom Izzo radio show can be heard throughout the state of Michigan on MSU basketball radio affiliates. The show will be held at Tripper's Sports Lounge on Mondays from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

MSU CONTINUE STRONG PLAY ON THE GLASS -- Despite the setback on Thursday, MSU continued to display its strength on the boards, outrebounding Temple by a 34-25 margin (21 of MSU's 34 caroms came on the offensive end). The Spartans have outrebounded their last three foes and show a 40.7-21.7 per-game edge in that three-game stretch. The Green and White have not allowed any more than 25 rebounds in the last three games.

MSU SEES HOME WIN STREAK SNAPPED -- Thursday's 56-54 loss to Temple snapped a nine-game winning streak at the Breslin Center. Prior to the Temple contest, the Green and White had claimed the last 12 meetings at home against teams from outside the Big Ten Conference.

TEMPLE PUTS THE CLAMPS ON MSU -- When Temple held Michigan State to a season low 33.3 percent from the floor, it marked the lowest field goal percentage effort by a Spartan team since Jan. 4, 1997, when Minnesota limited the Green and White to just 30.2 percent. The Spartans' 21.2 percent (7 of 21) showing in the first half in the Temple game marked the first time that they shot less than 25 percent in a half since Jan. 7, 1996, when MSU shot just 15.4 percent in the first half at Wisconsin.

MSU AND THE BRESLIN CENTER -- MSU's loss to Temple dropped its all-time record at the Breslin Center to 100-25 (.800) since the facility opened in 1989 (47-6 vs. non-conference opponents, 53-19 in Big Ten contests). MSU has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in 70 games at the Breslin Center while allowing the opposition to reach that mark on just 17 occasions.

SCHEDULING NOTE -- The starting time for the Michigan State-Detroit game on Saturday, December 13, will be 7:05 p.m. (EST)

QUICK FACTS -- After five games, MSU is shooting 43.5 percent (64-of-147) from the floor in the first half and 47.6 percent (71-of-152) in the second half ... Opponents are shooting 40.3 percent (50-of-124) from the field in the first half and 42.9 percent (58-of-135) over the final 20 minutes of action ... The Spartans have been outshot from the foul line in four games and are connecting at just a 55.0 percent (55 of-100) vs. the opposition's effort of 71.1 percent (69-of-97) ... MSU is averaging 33.0 points in the first half of play (27.8 for opponents) and 37.6 points in the second half (35.0 for opponents).

MORSELS FOR MUSING -- On Thursday, MSU saw a 12-game win streak come to an end in games when it held the opposition to 60 or fewer points. During Izzo's stint as head coach, the Spartans post a 23-4 mark in such games ... Since last season, the Spartans are 8-1 when scoring 80-plus points ... Antonio Smith claims eight career double-doubles ... Temple's 39 shot attempts against MSU were the fewest opponent shot attempts in the Breslin Center and the first time that an opponent didn't have at least 40 attempts vs. MSU since Feb. 23, 1989, when Indiana recorded 38 attempts (27 makes) at Jenison Field House ... Under Izzo, MSU is 32-6 when leading at halftime (3-0 this year) ... Dating from last year, MSU is 10-1 when the opposition has more turnovers ... Dating from last season, the Spartans have failed to shoot 70 percent or better from the foul line in the last 11 contests ... MSU has forced the opposition into 20 or more turnovers on three occasions this year ... The Spartans have outscored the opposition in six out of 10 halves of basketball ... MSU has given up 50 percent or better from the floor in two halves of action while reaching that mark on five occasions ... Since Izzo has taken over as head coach, MSU is 28-4 in games when it has outshot the opposition from the field.

MSU PLAYER NOTES

#11 -- Sophomore David Thomas has started all five MSU games ... Held to three-of-eight from the floor (.375) vs. Temple (12/4), snapping a four-game streak where he had shot 50 percent or better from the floor ... Shooting 58.8 percent mark from the floor (20-of-34) ... Played a career-high 33 minutes in the Temple contest ... Coca-Cola Classic All-Tournament after totaling 18 points and 20 boards ... First career double-double came against Gonzaga with 10 points and 10 boards, with both totals tying career highs ... Came up with 10 boards against Central Michigan (11/28), tying him with Antonio Smith for game honors ... 10 points vs. Illinois-Chicago, hitting a career-best five-of-six field goal attempts ... No. 2 on the team in boards vs. ETSU (8) ... No. 2 on the team in rebounding (8.2 rpg).

#12 -- Sophomore Mateen Cleaves leads the team in minutes (33.8 mpg), scoring (13.0 ppg) and assists (7.2 apg) ... Has scored in double figures his last four games (14.2/avg.) including an 11-point effort vs. Temple (12/4), tying him for team honors ... Played a career-long 40 minutes vs. Temple ... No. 2 on squad in treys with 10 ... Coca-Cola Classic MVP after scoring 29 points and doling out 19 assists against Central Michigan and Gonzaga ... Career-high 11 assists against Gonzaga was the first time a Spartan had more than 10 assists in a game since Eric Snow's 11 vs. Wisconsin (3/11/95) ... Notched game-high 19 points and doled out eight assists vs. CMU .. Has two or more treys in the last four contests ... Team-highs in points (17) and assists (5) vs. Illinois-Chicago (11/21) ... Registered team-high seven assists vs. East Tennessee (11/17) ... Has 182 assists in 34 career contests (5.3 apg) ... Has led or shared for MSU's lead in assists in 29 of 34 career outings ... Scored in double figures in 20 outings during his career (16 in '96-97).

#13 -- Junior Antonio Smith paces the team in rebounding (8.4 rpg) ... Has led or shared for MSU rebounding honors in three games including a 10-board performance vs. CMU ... Totaled six boards and six points in 35 minutes vs. Temple (12/4) ... No. 2 on the club in minutes (30.6 mpg) ... Has a pair of double-digit rebounding outings this season ... Notched his eighth career double-double vs. ETSU (11/17) with 11 points and 10 boards ... 21 career contests of 10 or more boards and five of 15-plus caroms ... Third-Team All-Big Ten pick last year.

#14 -- Freshman Charlie Bell is No. 3 on the team in scoring (9.2 ppg) ... Played 23 minutes vs. Temple and scored seven points while grabbing four boards ... No. 2 on the squad in scoring against CMU with a career-best 17 points ... Paced the team in scoring vs. ETSU (11/17) with 15 points while also chipping in seven boards and two assists ... His point total marked the first time that a true frosh had led MSU in scoring in a season opener since Jay Vincent's 25 points vs. Central Michigan (11/28/77).

#30 -- Freshman Doug Davis has played a total of 30 minutes as a reserve in MSU's four games ... Has not seen any action in MSU's last two contests ... Hit a trey en route to three points in nine minutes vs. Central Michigan ... 13 minutes off the bench vs. ETSU (11/17) and scored eight points while dishing out three assists. One of four finalists for the state of Ohio's Mr. Basketball Award as a senior in high school.

#34 -- Freshman Andre Hutson is averaging 21.6 minutes after five games ... Shooting a keen 70 percent (14 of 20) from the floor in the last three games and is averaging 11.0 points in that stretch ... Hit five-of-seven from the floor, finishing with 11 points, and snared a game-high nine boards in a season-long 30 minutes vs. Temple (12/4) ... No. 3 on the team in rebounding (5.4 rpg) ... Strong effort in the Coca-Cola Classic where he started both games and shot 69.2 percent from the floor -- averaging 11 points ... Tallied a team-high 13 points (personal best) in the championship game vs. Gonzaga in 28 minutes ... Made first career start against CMU, playing 21 minutes and registering nine points and five boards ... No. 2 on the club in blocked shots with seven ... 16 minutes off the bench vs. ETSU (11/17) and grabbed six boards, tops among the reserves ... Blocked three ETSU shot attempts.

#42 -- Sophomore Morris Peterson is averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 boards in four games ... Missed the Temple game with a fractured bone in his right wrist (suffered in Gonzaga game) and is doubtful for the Cleveland State contest ... Hit five-of-seven field goal attempts en route to a season-high 10 points against Gonzaga (11/29) ... Posted four rebounds and six points in 16 minutes vs. Illinois Chicago ... Played 14 minutes vs. ETSU (11/17), scoring five points ... Played in 29 games last season, 18 as a starter ... Has scored in double figures on six occasions in his career, five of which came last year ... Five of his double-figure scoring efforts have come at home.

#43 -- Sophomore A.J. Granger has come off the bench in MSU's first five games and is averaging 12.0 minutes ... Averaging 2.4 rebounds ... Played 10 minutes vs. Temple (12/4) ... 10-minute stint vs. Central Michigan and scored four points ... 18 minutes at Illinois Chicago (11/21) and snatched five boards, tops among the subs, and tying his personal best ... 13 minutes of action vs. ETSU (11/17) and and finished with five points and three rebounds.

#44 -- Junior Jason Klein is No. 2 on the team in scoring (10.0 ppg) ... Has scored in double figures his last three outings (longest double figure scoring streak in his career) including 11 points (tying season high) vs. Temple (12/4), tying him for team honors ... No. 1 on the squad in treys with 13 ... Coca-Cola Classic All Tournament Team pick after scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 boards in the two games ... 11 points in 17 minutes against Central Michigan ... Sank three treys against the Chippewas, tying his career high ... Has two or more treys in all five contests this year ... Played a career-long 29 minutes vs. Illinois-Chicago (11/21) and hit three treys en route to nine points ... Registered 21 minutes as a reserve vs. ETSU and notched nine points, tops among the subs ... Thirteen career games of two or more treys, five coming last year.

#55 -- Senior DuJuan Wiley started the first two MSU games and is averaging 12.2 minutes ... Has scored in every game ... Is the team's leader in blocked shots with eight and has blocks in four of five games ... Hit all three field goal attempts and scored seven points against Central Michigan (11/28) ... Four points and two blocks in 16 minutes vs. Illinois-Chicago (11/21) ... First career start came in the ETSU (11/17) game where he played a career-long 20 minutes while finishing with a personal-best six caroms and four blocked shots, tying career high ... Paced the team in blocked shots with 19 in '96-97.

BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW THAT -- Junior forward Antonio Smith has started the last 32 Spartan contests while sophomore guard Mateen Cleaves has the starting nod in MSU's last 29 encounters ... Smith has 477 career rebouds, just 23 shy of reaching the 500 career mark ... Dating from last year, the Spartans have made three or more three-point field goals in their last 15 games ... MSU has allowed just 26 of its last 154 opponents to shoot 50 percent or better from the field ... The Spartans claim superior bench scoring in three of five games, but are 1-2 in those contests ... MSU has totaled 27 blocked shots after five games (5.4 bpg) compared to 17 last year and eight in 1995-96 ... The last Spartan cager to grab 20 or more rebounds in a game was Kevin Willis with 20 against Wisconsin on March 5, 1983.

ON THE HORIZON -- Following the Cleveland State game, MSU's next action will be at home against Detroit on Saturday, Dec. 13, starting at 7:00 p.m.

SCOUTING CLEVELAND STATE -- Through four games, Cleveland State is averaging 62.0 points while allowing 75.8. The Vikings are shooting 34.8 percent from the floor while their opponents are connecting at a 46.3 percent rate. Sophomore guard James Madison (15.5 ppg), 6-foot-2, is CSU's lone double-figure scorer and has a pair of 26-point outings to his credits this season (vs. Michigan and Kent). The team's leading rebounder is senior forward Michael Bowens with a 7.3 per-game average.