Dec. 15, 1997
MSU Men's Cagers Play Host To Wright StateGame No. 8 -- vs. Wright State
Wed. Dec. 17 7:30 pm
Breslin Center, Michigan State University
Michigan State Probable Starters (4-3 overall) -- subject to change F -- #13 ANTONIO SMITH (Jr., 6-8, 9.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg) F -- #44 JASON KLEIN (Jr., 6-7, 9.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg) F -- #34 ANDRE HUTSON (Fr., 6-8, 7.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg) G -- #14 CHARLIE BELL (Fr., 6-3, 9.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg) G -- #12 MATEEN CLEAVES (So., 6-2, 14.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 7.0 apg) Wright State Probable Starters (4-4 overall) F -- #21 KEION BROOKS (Jr., 6-3, 18.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg) F -- #40 MARVIN RODGERS (So., 6-9, 14.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg) C -- #43 THAD BURTON (Sr., 6-8, 11.4 ppg, 11.6 rpg) G -- # 5 TONY BAULTRIPPE (Jr., 6-3, 6.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg) G -- #32 BRANDON PARDON (Fr., 6-1, 7.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
Wright State invades the Breslin Center with an overall slate of 4-4. The Raiders have come out on the short end of four of their last five contests including a 94-63 decision at Dayton on Saturday.
Wright State Head Coach Ed Schilling (Eastern Michigan '72) is in his first season leading the Raiders. Prior to his current post, he served as an assistant John Calipari with the New Jersey Nets during the 1996-97 season. In 1995-96, Schilling was an assistant on Calipari's staff at Massachusetts when that team compiled a 35-2 record which included a spot in the NCAA Tournament's Final Four.
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# 11-- Sophomore David Thomas has started all seven games ... Held scoreless for the first time this season in the Detroit (12/13) game (22 minutes) ... Tallied a career-high 12 points vs. Cleveland State (12/6) and his five field goals tied his career high ... Shot 50 percent or better from the floor in five games ... Shooting 54.3 percent from the floor (25-of-46) ... 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 (board total tying career high) ... 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 rebounding (7.0 rpg).
#12 -- Sophomore Mateen Cleaves leads the team in minutes (33.7 mpg), scoring (14.7 ppg) and assists (7.0 apg) ... Leads the Big Ten in assists ... Has scored in double figures his last six games (15.8/avg.) including a career-best 21 points vs. Detroit (12/13) ... Game-high 17-point effort vs. Cleveland State (12/6) ... Has led or shared for the team's scoring lead in the last three and in a total of five contests ... No. 2 on squad in treys with 14 ... 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 five of last six 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 195 assists in 36 career contests (5.4 apg) ... Has led or shared for MSU's lead in assists in 31 of 36 career outings ... Scored in double figures in 22 outings during his career (16 in '96-97).
#13 -- Junior Antonio Smith paces the team in rebounding (8.3 rpg) ... Recorded his second double-double of the year and ninth of his career with a season-high 13 points along with 10 boards (team high) vs. Detroit (12/13) ... Shooting 63.1 percent (12 of 19) from the floor in the last two contests ... Has three games of double-figure scoring this season ... Hit six field goals and totaled 12 points at Cleveland State (12/6) ... Has led or shared for MSU rebounding honors in four games including a 10-board performance vs. CMU ... No. 2 on the club in minutes (30.3 mpg) ... Has three double-digit rebounding outings this season ... Notched first double-double of the year vs. ETSU (11/17) with 11 points and 10 boards ... 22 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 (9.7 ppg) ... Registered a season-long 33 minutes vs. Detroit (12/13) and finished with nine points ... Shooting 47 percent (8 of 17) from the floor in the last two games ... Has at least one trey in his last three contests ... 29 minutes and registered his third double-figure scoring effort of the season with a 13-point performance against Cleveland State (12/6) ... Also paced the squad in rebounding vs. CSU with nine caroms, the first time a Spartan guard had led MSU in boards since Eric Snow grabbed six vs. Weber State in the 1995 NCAA Tournament ... No. 2 on the squad in scoring against CMU (11/28) 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 45 minutes as a reserve in five games ... Saw a five-minute stint vs. Detroit where he scored two points ... Played 10 minutes (second-longest stint of the season) and scored two points vs. Cleveland State (12/6) ... 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.
#34 -- Freshman Andre Hutson is averaging 22.6 minutes per game ... Is the team's No. 2 shooter from the floor, hitting 61.1% (22 of 36) of his attempts ... Shooting 62.9 percent (17 of 27) from the floor in the last four games and is averaging 10.0 points in that stretch ... Grabbed seven boards in 26 minutes vs. Detroit (12/13) ... Averaging 7.7 rebounds in the last three contests ... Hit six-of-nine from the field and finished with 13 points (tying season high) at Cleveland State (12/6) ... Has shot 50 percent or better from the field in five contests ... 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 (5.9 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 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 10 ... 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, Cleveland State, and Detroit games with a fractured bone in his right wrist (suffered in Gonzaga game) ... 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 seven games and is averaging 12.0 minutes ... Averaging 2.6 rebounds ... Played 16 minutes (second-longest stint of year) vs. Cleveland State (12/6) and grabbed a career-high six boards ... Has scored in five of MSU's seven games ... 10-minute stint vs. Central Michigan and scored four points ... 18 minutes at UIC (11/21) and snatched five boards, tops among the subs, and tying his then 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 (9.9 ppg) ... Recorded his fourth double-figure scoring effort of the year vs. Detroit (12/13) with 10 points ... Has scored in double figures in four of his last five outings ... Totaled 11 points (tying season high) vs. Temple (12/4), tying him for team honors ... No. 1 on the squad in treys with 17 ... 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 seven contests this year ... Played a career-long 29 minutes vs. Illinois-Chicago (11/21) and hit three treys en route to nine points ... 21 minutes as a reserve vs. ETSU and notched nine points, tops among the subs ... Fifteen career games of two or more treys (five coming last year, three in '95-96).
#55 -- Senior DuJuan Wiley is averaging 12.1 minutes per outing through seven contests ... Has scored in every game including seven points (tying season high) vs. Detroit (12/13) ... Grabbed a career-best seven rebounds vs. Detroit ... Team leader in field goal shooting, hitting 65.2 percent (15 of 23) of his attempts ... MSU leader in blocked shots with 12 ... Tied his career high in blocked shots with four in the Cleveland State (12/6) game and also grabbed five rebounds ... Hit all three field goal attempts and scored seven points against Central Michigan (11/28) ... First career start came in the ETSU (11/17) game where he played a career-long 20 minutes while finishing with a six caroms and four blocked shots, tying career high.
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