Feb. 9, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
+ Michigan State is 16-4 (7-2 Big Ten) after defeating Ohio State, 83-69. The Spartans remain in second place in conference action.
+ Chris Hill led all scorers with an impressive 26 points, smashing his previous season-high of 15. Hill went 6-for-7 from the 3-point line, marking the fourth time in his career in which he posted six or more 3-pointers.
+ Having posted 16 points against Ohio State, Alan Anderson is just one point away from reaching the 1,000-point milestone.
+ The Spartans outrebounded the Buckeyes 40-24, the largest rebounding differential in Big Ten play thus far.
+ This marks the 34th contest in which Maurice Ager posted double-figure scoring. MSU is 23-11 in games when Ager has double-figure scoring performances.
+ Today's contest marked Kelvin Torbert's first start of the season. Coming off the bench, he averaged 10.6 points per game so far this season.
+ Drew Neitzel posted seven assists, a career-high performance for the freshman guard.
+ Continuing to hone in on taking care of the basketball, State turned the ball over 10 times. This marks the fifth time in which MSU posted 10 or fewer turnovers.
+ State's plus-11 assist-to-turnover margin (21 assists, 10 turnovers) tied its season-best performance (UNC-Asheville, 12/29/04, 26 assists, 15 turnovers)
+ Paul Davis posted his second straight double-double performance, marking the seventh of his career and fourth this season.
+ Tonight's contest marks the fourth time this season in which Spartan reserves have outscored (44-22) their opponent's bench by 22 or more points. In the last two games, the MSU bench was plus-50.
+ Head coach Tom Izzo moved his career record to 223-94 overall and 131-19 in the Breslin Center, including a 96-7 mark over the last seven seasons. In Big Ten play, Izzo is 68-11 in Breslin and 48-4 over the last seven years.
+ Michigan State has sold out 109 consecutive regular season games at the Breslin Center. Since the start of the 1998-99 season, the Spartans have won 96 of their last 103 regular season games in Breslin.
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