Nov. 13, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Raymar Morgan had a career-high 25 points and 15 rebounds to help No. 12 Michigan State beat Chicago State 86-53 on Tuesday night in a first-round game of the CBE Classic.
"He was on a mission," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "I think he was a little embarrassed. He played a little possessed tonight."
Morgan was 9-for-16 from the field and 6-for-9 at the line. More importantly, he had six offensive rebounds, more than any Cougar had at both ends.
"I just tried to come out strong and do what we needed," Morgan said. "The key was getting the rebound, making the outlet and running the wings. We really wanted to push it."
All-American Drew Neitzel had 12 points, eight assists and no turnovers for Michigan State and was 4-for-5 from 3-point range. His 4-for-10 accuracy from the field was a definite improvement on 8-for-30 shooting in two exhibition games.
"What exhibition games?" Neitzel said with a smile. "Those stats won't show up anywhere. But it wasn't about me tonight. Raymar was everywhere."
David Holston scored 18 points and had four 3-pointers for the Cougars, who led 18-17 before the Spartans took control with a 28-8 surge to finish the half.
"I guess I have a wonderful sense of the obvious, but there were a lot of guys who did good things," Izzo said. "I thought Kalin did a great job of pushing the ball early. He got a lot of people the ball."
John Cantrell and Chidozie Chukwumah each had 10 points for Chicago State.
"The now-famous quote is good for this game," first-year Cougars coach Benji Taylor said. "'They were who we thought they were.' They're very good."
Michigan State will face Louisiana-Monroe, a 60-53 winner over Northern Michigan, on Wednesday.