Michigan State Basketball Postgame Notes
Jan. 15, 2008
-- After averaging almost 18 turnovers a game over the last three games, Michigan State had just 11 turnovers against Ohio State. It was the third-lowest amount of turnovers for the Spartans this season. MSU committed just seven miscues against Texas and 10 versus Green Bay.
-- MSU's 3-1 start to Big Ten play is the team's best since the 2004-05 team started 5-1. That team advanced to the 2005 Final Four. Overall, the Spartans' 15-2 start is the best since the 2000-01 team, which also reached the Final Four.
-- With Drew Naymick's 11-point effort against OSU, nine MSU players have now scored in double-figures this season. Last season, just eight Spartans recorded a double-figure scoring game.
-- MSU held a plus-15 rebounding edge against Ohio State, marking the fifth time this season the Spartans have outrebounded their opponent by at least 15. MSU is 14-1 when outrebouding its opponents this season.
-- All nine MSU players who played against OSU played at least 11 minutes, marking the first time each Spartan who entered the game has reached double-figure minutes.
-- The Spartans grabbed 20 offensive rebounds, marking the fourth time this season MSU has reached that mark. Michigan State also reached the mark against Chicago State (20), Oakland (20) and Bradley (21). As a result, MSU had a 23-5 advantage in second-chance points.
-- Michigan State had 19 assists on 25 field goals, good for a 76 percent rate.
-- MSU made seven three-pointers, its third-largest total of the season. The Spartans have hit nine three's in a game twice, versus Chicago State and Green Bay.
-- Senior Drew Neitzel had his highest point total of 2008, scoring 13 points. It was his 14th double-figure scoring effort this season and the 63rd of his career. Neitzel has had a share of the team lead in scoring seven times this season. He also handed out five assists, and now has 83 assists against 18 turnovers.
-- Senior center Drew Naymick, who was appearing in his 110th career contest, recorded his second career double-figure scoring night of his career. Naymick scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. Additionally, he became the first player in Spartan history to block 100 shots.
-- Freshman guard Kalin Lucas tied Drew Neitzel with a team-high 13 points and he handed out five assists. Lucas is averaging 13.5 points per game since the Texas game, and has scored in double-figures in six of the last seven contests.
-- Junior post player Goran Suton grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, marking the 10th time this season he has collected at least nine rebounds. It is the 10th time that Suton has at least the share of the team lead in rebounds.
-- Freshman forward Durrell Summers grabbed six rebounds, all on the offensive end of the floor. His career rebounding high is seven, which he reached against San Jose State.
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