Jan. 27, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
+ With its 64-53 victory, Michigan State has won 11 of the last 12 games in the MSU-U-M series, including seven straight wins at the Breslin Center.
+ Michigan opened the game with a 7-0 run. An Alan Anderson tip-in at 16:09 finally got the Spartans on the scoreboard, but the bucket also allowed MSU to return the favor as it went on a 12-0 run, which came to an end at 10:21.
+ MSU improves to 13-3 (5-1 Big Ten) and remains undefeated in East Lansing, boasting a 9-0 home record.
+ The halftime score of 28-22 marked the second-lowest total output at the break this season. A total of 46 points were scored at halftime Dec. 18 when MSU led Delaware State, 24-22.
+ State is 13-1 in games when it leads at halftime.
+ Michigan State's first half defense created 10 Michigan turnovers while giving up only nine field goals.
+ With its win, MSU secured a 5-1 Big Ten record, to maintain sole possession of second place in the conference.
+ State managed a +10 rebounding margin (35-25) and hauled in 11 offensive boards, compared to the Wolverines' five.
+ Maurice Ager led all scorers, tallying 18 total points, including a 7-for-16 performance from the field. The 18 points mark the sixth time he has had at least as many this season.
+ By posting 18 assists and 17 turnovers, Michigan State managed to post more assists than turnovers for the 11th time this season. Michigan had 23 turnovers.
+ MSU's bench continued an impressive run, as it outscored Michigan's, 26-14. The Spartans have only allowed opponents' benches to outscore their own twice in 2004-05.
+ Chris Hill helped on six field goals, making this the sixth time he has posted six or more assists.
+ State has sold out 106 consecutive regular-season games at the Breslin Center. Since the start of the 1998-99 season, MSU has won 94 of its last 100 regular-season games in Breslin, a winning percentage of .940.
+ Tom Izzo owns a career mark of 129-18 (.878) in the Breslin Center, including a 94-6 (.940) mark over the last seven seasons.
+ Toughing out an ankle injury, Paul Davis managed to grab four rebounds, while hovering close to his season-points average of 12.8, as he scored 12 points on the evening.
+ MSU's defense forced 23 total turnovers in the victory, which marked the second-most takeaways on the year (26 vs. Nicholls State, 11/27/04). Michigan's 23 turnovers were just two away from its season-high (25 vs. Iowa, 1/5/05).
+ En route to State's victory, Maurice Ager (18 pts.), Paul Davis (12 pts.) and Alan Anderson (10 pts.) finished the game in double figures. The achievements were the 48th for both Davis and Anderson while Ager scored at least 10 points 31 times in his career.
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