Post-Game Notes

Jan. 8, 2005

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Michigan State Basketball Post-Game Notes
Michigan State vs. Northwestern
Jan. 8, 2005 - East Lansing, Mich. - Breslin Center
Final Score: Michigan State 87, Northwestern 58

+ With its win, MSU secured a 2-0 Big Ten record. The Spartans' perfect conference record marks their best start of Big Ten play since 2000.

+ MSU's win marks its seventh straight victory and the Spartans snapped Northwestern's four-game winning streak, while preventing the Wildcats from having a perfect Big Ten record.

+ State's eight turnovers marks a season-low for the Spartans. For the second time this season, both Spartan guards, Chris Hill and Drew Neitzel, had no turnovers.

+ State's victory marks its 19th consecutive win over Northwestern in East Lansing.

+ Maurice Ager, Paul Davis, Kelvin Torbert and Alan Anderson all scored in double-figures to secure the Spartan victory. This marks the 10th time that MSU has had four or more players hit double figures in scoring this season.

+ The Spartans had more field goals (33) than the Wildcats attempted (32).

+ MSU had just four turnovers in the first half, while forcing 12. Northwestern entered the game averaging just 12.3 turnovers per game. The Wildcats completed the game with 19 total turnovers.

+ Maurice Ager posted a team-high 18 points, marking the fourth game in which Ager has led the Spartans in scoring.



+ Northwestern had more turnovers than field goals, with 19 and 18, respectively.

+ The 87-58 victory marks the seventh time that State has recorded 80 or more points this season. MSU is 6-1 in those games.

+ Davis' 17-point performance marks his 10th double-figure scoring game of the season.

+ Matt Trannon recorded a career-high six points.

+ For the 10th time this season and fourth game in a row, State's bench outscored its opponent's; Spartan subs had 25 points, compared to the Wildcat bench's 13.

+ State had 28 more points in the paint than Northwestern (50-22).

+ Despite suffering a 29-point defeat, Northwestern shot 56.3 percent from the floor.

+ State grabbed 30 rebounds to Northwestern's 19, making the Spartans 9-0 when they outrebound their opponent.

+ Tom Izzo owns a career mark of 127-18 (.876) in the Breslin Center, including a 92-6 (.939) mark over the last seven seasons.

+ Alan Anderson's 13 points helped him break the 900-point milestone in his career, with a tally of 911. Anderson needs just 89 points to become the 33rd player in Spartan history to hit the 1,000-point mark.

+ State has sold out 104 consecutive regular-season games at the Breslin Center. Since the start of the 1998-99 season, MSU has won 92 of its last 98 regular-season games in Breslin, a winning percentage of .939.

+ A total of 11 Spartans scored at least one point with seven players scoring six or more points. Today's game marked the second time this season 11 players got on the scoreboard (11/23/04 vs. UW-Green Bay).