Travis Trice led the team with 27 points and six assists in win over the Boilermakers.
Michigan State 72, Purdue 66
Denzel Valentine garners four awards, including Most Improved Player.
Spartans record 36th straight season-opening victory.
Spartans are eager to get started in 2012-13.
Michigan State men's basketball vs. Virginia Tech, November 22, 2013
Appeared in 12 games, averaging 0.8 points in 1.8 minutes per contest Scored a season-high four points against Mount St. Mary's (11/29) Added three points against Penn State (2/6), knocking down one 3-pointer, and scored two points against Northwestern (2/14) Grabbed two rebounds in North Florida (12/17) Dished out one assist against Virginia Tech (11/22) Co-recipient of MSU's Tim Bograkos Walk-On Award.
Appeared in 10 games Grabbed a rebound against Texas Southern (11/18) and Nicholls State (12/1) Blocked one shot against Oakland (11/23).
Appeared in 11 games in first season as walk-on Scored first career points on a 3-pointer against UMKC (12/19) Knocked down 1-of-2 free throws against Purdue (1/21) in East Lansing.
Averaged 16.8 points and 6.0 rebounds as a senior at St. Mary Catholic Central High School in 2010, leading the Falcons in both categories Earned Team MVP honors as a senior Team leader in 3-point field goals as a sophomore, junior and senior Led Monroe County region with 125 3-point field goals in his junior and senior seasons MVP of 2010 Border Clash All-Star Game between Monroe and Lenawee Counties Two-time All-Monroe Region selection Two-time First-Team All-Huron League honoree Three-year letterwinner at SMCC.
Born Dec. 30, 1991 Son of Robert and Suzanne Wetzel Media and information major.