Feb. 12, 2005
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -
+ With a 64-49 victory over Michigan Saturday, Michigan State improves its record to 17-4 overall and 8-2 in the Big Ten.
+ The Spartans have now won 12 of their last 13 games against Michigan and five of its last six in Crisler Arena. Head coach Tom Izzo now holds a 12-6 career mark against the Wolverines.
+ Alan Anderson's dunk with 17:34 left in the first half pushed him past the 1,000-point plateau. Anderson is the third member of the 2004-05 team to accomplish the feat and 33rd overall. Meanwhile, Paul Davis is only five points shy of becoming the fourth player on the current squad to reach the 1,000-point mark after a 10-point effort Saturday.
+ Chris Hill's assist on Kelvin Torbert's lay-up at the 3:21 mark of the first half gave Hill his 400th career assist. The senior guard is now the fourth player in MSU history to rack up at least 1,400 career points and 400 assists. Hill is also the 24th player in Big Ten history to reach the milestone.
+ Freshman point guard Drew Neitzel made his third start of the season Saturday. The Spartans are now 3-0 with Neitzel in the starting lineup.
+ MSU opened the game making its first five field goals. Of those five, three came on dunks.
+ Overall, Michigan State made seven of its first eight shots with Shannon Brown leading the way, going 4-for-4 from the field.
+ The 20 points allowed by State's defense in the first half was the lowest total that it had given up since Dec. 29, 2004, against UNC Asheville. The Spartans gave up only 18 points vs. the Bulldogs. MSU's best performance of the season was 16, Nov. 27, 2004, against Nicholls State.
+ Michigan State's defense allowed only seven U-M assists for the game while forcing 17 turnovers. In all, U-M had more turnovers (17) than field goals (16).
+ Michigan's 17 turnovers led to 12 Michigan State points while U-M managed only four points off 12 MSU miscues.
+ After a 51.0 percent performance from the field, State has never shot below 42.1 percent this year. It also marks the 12th time this season MSU shot at least 50 percent from the field (25-for-49).
+ State managed a +10 rebounding margin (28-18), which is the eighth time this season MSU had a double-digit advantage in rebounds.
+ An 11-for-11 performance from the free-throw line marks the second time this year the Spartans were perfect from the charity stripe (13-for-13, Feb. 1 vs. Illinois).
+ Alan Anderson collected five key rebounds and 14 points in the second half. His total of six boards against U-M marks the 14th straight game Anderson hauled in at least three boards. Meanwhile, it was also his seventh straight game that he scored in double-figures (16 points).
+ After posting eight total points in his last two games, Shannon Brown notched 14 Saturday against Michigan. In the teams' first meeting Jan. 27 in East Lansing, Brown managed only two points. Also, his seven field goals tied his career high, which he set Jan.18, 2005, vs. Purdue.
+ Chris Hill's 11 points against the Wolverines marked the first time since Dec. 12-18 that Hill posted double-figures in back-to-back games. He had 26 in MSU's last game against Ohio State (Feb. 9, 2005).
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