Nov. 4, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Led by sophomore Gary Harris' 21-point tally, the Michigan State men's basketball team topped Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 83-45, on Monday evening to close out the exhibition season.
Ball movement opened up perimeter shots for the Spartans as they shot13-31 (41.9%) from three-point range led by a 5-7 effort by Harris. He also shot 7-11 from the field to add to his three rebounds. On the defensive side, MSU held the Crimson Hawks to 36.4% (20-55) shooting including 3-16 (18.8%) from behind the arc.
Michigan State was powered by another team effort offensively as Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne scored 10 and nine points, respectively. The MSU reserves scored 34 points led by nine from Russell Byrd.
The Spartans pulled down 18 offensive rebounds leading to a 22-4 edge in second-chance points. Matt Costello led the Spartans on the glass with six rebounds.
Michigan State dished out 24 assists on 30 field goals, led by 11 from Keith Appling (zero turnovers). In the first half alone, the Spartans recorded a 14-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
The Spartans will be back in action as they officially open up the 2013-14 campaign at the Breslin Center against McNeese State on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.