Michigan State Basketball Postgame Notes
Michigan State 65, Minnesota 59
Jan. 5, 2008
-- Michigan State has now won 11 of 13 Big Ten home openers under Coach Izzo. The Spartans have also won their last six Big Ten home openers.
-- MSU has now won seven of the last eight meetings against Minnesota. The Spartans are 14-3 against the Gophers in the Breslin Center.
-- Michigan State shot 50 percent in the first half and now owns an 8-1 record when shooting at least 50 percent in the first half.
-- Michigan State out-rebounded Minnesota by a 45-25 margin. MSU has now grabbed 40 team rebounds in a game seven times this season. The Spartans' +20 rebounding margin is the second largest of the season. MSU was +22 in the season opener against Chicago State.
-- MSU's 3-for-15 (20 percent) shooting night from beyond the arc was the team's lowest long-range shooting effort of the season.
-- The Spartans owned a 17-4 advantage in fast-break points. MSU also outscored Minnesota by 12 in the paint (38-26) and by seven in second-chance points (12-5).
-- Sophomore forward Raymar Morgan scored a career-high 31 points. He also set career highs in field goal attempts (17), field goals (11) and free throw attempts (12). He also grabbed 10 rebounds - six on the offensive end - for his third double-double of the season. In addition, Morgan has now been MSU's top scorer in nine games this season.
-- With seven assists, senior guard Drew Neitzel became the fifth player in Spartan history to hand out 500 career assists. He now has 504 helpers in his career. He also had no turnovers, his fifth game with no miscues.
-- Freshman guard Kalin Lucas scored 17 points, and is averaging 17.3 points and 6.0 assists per game over the last three contests. Lucas made three three-pointers in the season's first 12 games, and has made seven treys in the last two games.
-- Junior center Goran Suton grabbed nine rebounds to go with his seven points. He has seven games this season with at least nine rebounds.