Jan. 18, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
+ Maurice Ager's 22 points tied a season best, which he set against George Washington (12/4).
+ Shannon Brown's 20 points marked a career high for him; his previous high of 18 came against Florida A&M (11/19) earlier this season.
+ Purdue's Carl Landry finished the night with a game-best 31 points. The last time the Spartans allowed an individual opponent to score 30 or more points was in 2001, when MSU defeated Minnesota, 94-83. The Golden Gophers' Terrance Simmons had 34 in that contest.
+ Tonight marked the fifth time this season that Maurice Ager led the Spartans' offensive efforts (22). Through 14 games, five different Spartans have led the team in scoring. Paul Davis and Ager have each led the team five times. Alan Anderson and Kelvin Torbert have each done it twice, while Chris Hill led the team in one game.
+ State's five made 3-point shots tonight tied its season low; the other time MSU connected on five was against both Stanford (12/11) and Wisconsin (1/16).
+ Purdue posted a 4:22 scoring run mid-way through the second half, as the Boilermakers cut State's nine-point lead to one point. MSU led, 43-34, with 13:38 left in the half, and at the 9:16 mark, was up by just one, 43-42. However, the Spartans never allowed the Boilermakers to tie the game or take the lead.
+ In the last nine contests, Spartan opponents are averaging just 58.6 points, with no one opponent scoring more than 64 points.
+ Chris Hill finished the night with six assists, good for seventh place all-time with 377. Next on the list is Steve Smith's 453 (1987-91).
+ MSU has won nine of the last 13 games against the Boilermakers, including five in a row at the Breslin Center. Starting in 1989-90, the first year the Breslin Center was open, Purdue head coach Gene Keady completed his career with a 5-9 record in the facility.
+ The Spartan bench has outscored its opponent's in 12 of 14 games this season, as State subs have scored 138 more points. In six of the 14 games, MSU's bench advantage has been greater than 10 points, including three of 19 or more.
+ Through 14 games, MSU is averaging 18.0 assists per game, second in the Big Ten. The Spartans have recorded assists on 252 of their 401 baskets (62.8 percent).
+ Head coach Tom Izzo moved his career record to 217-92 overall and 128-18 in the Breslin Center, including a 93-6 mark over the last seven seasons. In Big Ten play, Izzo is 66-10 in Breslin and 47-3 over the last seven years.
+ Michigan State has sold out 105 consecutive regular season games at the Breslin Center. Since the start of the 1998-99 season, the Spartans have won 93 of their last 99 regular season games in Breslin, a winning percentage of .939.
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