Michigan State 87, Oakland 61
No.19 MSU 85, APB 52
Spartans notch fifth win of the season
Denzel Valentine led the Spartans with a career-high 19 points.
Spartan basketball players join Tom Izzo for the 2014 Tom Izzo Holiday Radio Show. Coach Izzo plays holiday carols on his accordian while the players sing.
December 20, 2014
Men's Basketball vs. Oakland; photos by Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Michigan State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (USATSI)
NCAA Basketball: Orlando Classic-Michigan State vs Rider (USATSI)
Michigan State vs. Duke (USATSI)
Appeared in 36 games, starting eight, averaging 7.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 22.3 minutes per contest Ranked third in the Big Ten in overall 3-point field-goal percentage (.434) and second in conference games (.483) ... Ranked second on the squad in 3-point field goals made (53) and attempted (122) Ranked 11th in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made in conference games (1.6) Scored in double-figures in 12 contests Ranked fourth on the team in assists (84; 2.3 apg), including leading the squad in five contests Shot a team-best .818 from the free-throw line Ranked fifth on the team with 32 steals Started five straight games from Feb. 6 through Feb. 20, averaging 9.2 points and 4.4 assists in that stretch, including an assist-to-turnover ratio of 11-to-1 (22 assists, two turnovers) Averaged 9.3 points and 3.6 assists in his nine starts on the season, including posting a 5.8 assist-to-turnover ratio Led MSU with 17 points against Iowa (3/6) Scored a season-high 19 points in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Delaware, connecting on 7-of-8 shots, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range Other top scoring efforts include 15 points, plus six assists, in a start against Mount St. Mary's (11/29), and 14 points and six assists while starting at Purdue (2/20) Dished out a career-high eight assists at McNeese State (11/8), adding 11 points and a career-best tying five rebounds Dished out seven assists and committed no turnovers in a start against Penn State (2/6) Tallied six assists and no turnovers against Northwestern (2/13) Recorded a season-high five steals against North Carolina (12/4) Produced two or more steals in nine contests Blocked a career-high two shots against Minnesota (1/11).
Appeared in 27 games, averaging 18.6 minutes and 4.8 points Ranked second on the team in 3-point field-goal percentage (.402), ranking sixth in the Big Ten Ranked third on the team in 3-point field goals made (29) and attempted (72) Ranked fourth on the team in total assists (50) and third in assists per game (1.9) Twenty-nine of his 41 made field goals were from 3-point range, the highest percentage on the team (.707) Led the Spartans in assists in five games Dished out a season-high five assists twice, against both Arkansas-Pine Bluff (12/5) and Indiana (1/27) Recorded four assists against Tuskegee (12/15) and Wisconsin (3/7) Scored in double figures in four games, including a season-high 12 points against both Purdue (1/5) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (12/5) Scored 11 points against both Penn State (1/16) and Loyola Chicago (12/8) Suffered a concussion in the first game of the season against Connecticut in Germany (11/9) and missed the next five contests Suffered his second concussion of the year against Illinois (1/31) and missed the next four games Recorded 25 steals on the season, including a career high six against Wisconsin (3/7).
Appeared in 32 games, averaging 17.2 minutes and 4.5 points Ranked fourth on the squad in 3-point field goals made (30) and 3-point field goals attempted (74) Led Big Ten freshmen in 3-point field-goal percentage (.405) Ranked fourth on the team with 56 assists Led MSU in assists in four games Led the Spartans with 20 points against Central Connecticut State (12/7), knocking down all four 3-point attempts Also scored in double figures against Texas Southern (11/18 - 11 points) and Iowa (1/10 - 10 points) Dished out five assists against Central Connecticut State (12/7) and Lehigh (12/22) Scored nine points against Iowa (3/9) in the Big Ten quarterfinals, hitting 3-of-4 3-pointers Recorded 25 steals, including three each against North Carolina (11/11), UALR (11/20) and Eastern Michigan (11/27).
2011 Gatorade Ohio Boys Basketball Player of the Year Averaged 23.5 points, 6.5 assists, 4.3 steals and 3.3 rebounds as a senior at Wayne High School, playing for his father Travis Trice 2011 First-team All-State honoree 2011 Southwest District Player of the Year, leading the Warriors to a 22-2 mark and a spot in the district finals Wayne High School's all-time leading scorer with 1,555 points Shot 48.1 percent from the field, including 42.5 percent from 3-point range, and 83.0 percent from the foul line Scored a season-high 44 points vs. Toledo Rogers Averaged 22.1 points, 4.9 assists and 4.2 steals as a junior Shot 43 percent from 3-point range 2010 Third-team All-State honoree First-team all-conference and all-district selection 2010 conference player of the year Two-time district underclassman of the year Averaged 16.5 points as a sophomore 2009 Third-team all-district and First-team all-conference AAU teammate of fellow freshman Branden Dawson for SYF Players.
Born Jan. 22, 1993 Son of Travis and Julie Trice Communication major Father, Travis, played two years each at Purdue and Butler Grandfather, Bob Pritchett, played at Vincennes University and Old Dominion and is in the Old Dominion Hall of Fame.