Jan. 28, 2006
Post Game Notes Michigan State vs. Penn State Jan. 28, 2006
Senior Paul Davis sat out today's contest due to a head injury sustained yesterday in practice. The cut required 10 stitched to close.
Sophomore point guard Drew Neitzel set a career high in points on the afternoon, scoring 16 of his 19 in the second half. His previous high was 17 against Georgia Tech on Nov. 30, 2005.
The Green and White are 8-3 when Neitzel has a double-digit scoring game.
Shannon Brown also caught fire in the second half, shooting 8-10 from the floor and tallying 23 of his game-high 29 points.
The win over Penn State improves MSU's home record to 9-0. They are now 3-3 in 2005-06 when trailing at halftime.
With 69 points, it is just the sixth time this year Michigan State has scored less than 70 points. It is 2-4 in those situations.
With 13 three-point attempts on the day, Maurice Ager moves into fourth place on the MSU all-time three-point attempts list with 349 passing Kirk Manns (1986-90).
The 13 attempts from behind the arc for Ager was the most since he set a career high against Gonzaga earlier this season with 17.
The Spartans shot 60.9 percent in the second half, their best half of shooting in five games.
MSU is now 4-1 with its only back-to-back losses coming against Illinois and Wisconsin (Jan. 5 and Jan. 8).
Michigan State has tied a season low in free throw attempts the past two games with 10 apiece.
MSU shot 57 percent from three-point range in the second half, its most efficient three-point shooting effort since Dec. 28 against Tennessee Tech.