Feb. 14, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
With its 59-44 victory over Michigan, Michigan State improved its record to 15-1 at home in 2006-07. It also marked the Spartans' ninth-straight victory over Michigan in the Breslin Center. Overall, Michigan State has won 14 of the last 16 games in the series.
Michigan State has held seven of its 26 opponents under 50 points this season. The Spartans limited Michigan to 44 points - almost 23 points below its season scoring average (66.8 ppg.). In addition, Michigan State has held 18 of its opponents below 40 percent shooting from the field, as the Wolverines managed to hit just 18-of-51 field-goal attempts (.353).
Michigan State harassed the Wolverines into 20 turnovers, matching the single-game high by a Spartan opponent this season. Vermont committed 20 turnovers on Nov. 21, 2006.
Michigan became just the fourth opponent to out-rebound the Spartans this season, 32-30. After being out-rebounded, 17-11, in the first half, Michigan State held a 19-15 advantage on the boards in the second half.
Drew Neitzel recorded his 13th 20-point game of the scoring, finishing with a game-high 21 points. Neitzel scored 14 of his 21 points in the first half on 5-of-8 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. He also logged 38 minutes without committing a turnover and produced five assists.
Raymar Morgan matched his season high with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor. Morgan carried the scoring load in the second half, netting 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. He previously scored 18 points each against Texas (Nov. 16) and Bradley (Dec. 3).