Jan. 10, 2007
With its 66-45 victory over Northwestern, Michigan State improved its home record to 12-0 in 2006-07. It also marked MSU's 20th consecutive win over Northwestern in East Lansing. The Spartans have defeated Northwestern in 35 of the last 37 meetings.
MSU improved its record to 38-19 in Big Ten home openers, including a 10-2 mark under Tom Izzo.
Michigan State had a +24 rebound margin against Northwestern, 37-13. The Spartans out-rebounded the Wildcats, 21-4, in the first half- not allowing Northwestern to get its first rebound until 8:43 to go in the period. MSU has out-rebounded 14 of its first 18 opponents.
Michigan State held Northwestern to 13 rebounds, the lowest posted by an opponent this season. The preview low was 18 by Youngstown State (Nov. 9).
Michigan State recorded 15 assists on 18 made field goals (83 percent).
The Michigan State bench outscored the Northwestern bench, 36-16. Marquise Gray was a perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line, adding 16 points off the bench for Michigan State, while Raymar Morgan and Drew Naymick each contributed seven points.
After turning the ball over 11 times in the first half, the Spartans displayed better ball security in the second half, committing only three miscues.
Drew Naymick posted a career-high seven free throws made.
Raymar Morgan posted a career-high five assists. His previous career high was three against Oakland (Nov. 25).
Travis Walton matched his career high with three steals. Tonight's effort is the fifth time he has reached that mark in his career.