Michigan State 85, Northwestern 70 Post-Game Notes
Feb. 13, 2014
With tonight's victory, it marks the third year in-a-row that MSU has won 10 or more Big Ten games. The Spartans have won at least 10 conference games in six of the last seven seasons.
Four Spartans scored in double figures, marking the 10th game this season that MSU has had four or more players score 10 or more.
Head coach Tom Izzo improved to 29-4 against Northwestern.
MSU shot its second-highest percentage in a Big Ten game in both field goals (53.3) and three-pointers (52.4).
The Spartans dished out 22 assists to just seven turnovers. It marks the 10th game this season that the Spartans have recorded 20 or more assists.
Michigan State outrebounded Northwestern 37-24, including an 18-to-6 edge in second-chance points on 13 offensive rebounds.
Tonight's win marked the 10th game this season in which MSU has made 10 or more three-point field goals.
Since taking over for Keith Appling at guard, Travis Trice has not committed a turnover in 102 minutes, totaling 15 assists in three games.
Adreian Payne pulled down 14 rebounds, the most any Spartan has recorded all season.
Tonight marked the first time in his career that Payne posted 20 points or more in back-to-back games.
Since returning to the lineup, Payne is averaging 18.6 pts over the past three games.
Denzel Valentine scored a career-high 16 points, including knocking down a career-high three 3-pointers.
Kenny Kaminski pulled down a career-high five rebounds.