Spartans record 36th straight season-opening victory.
Nov. 18, 2012
Final Score- MSU 69, TSU 41
The largest run of the game was by Michigan State, 11-0, increasing the lead to 11-3. The Spartans also closed the first half on a 17-2 run over the final 6:53.
The score was only tied once during the game, 3-3.
The first points scored by both teams were 3-pointers.
The largest lead of the game was 32 points, as MSU led 67-35.
This is the 36th straight home opening win for MSU - the first of the streak was in 1977.
Tom Izzo improved to 18-0 in home openers.
Adreian Payne moved into 10th place all-time at Michigan State with 74 career blocks. He's one behind Andre Hutson (75) for ninth place.
Derrick Nix matched his season high with 11 rebounds, all on the defensive end. Through three games, he is averaging 10.0 boards per contest.
Branden Dawson tied his career high with five steals. He's averaging 4.3 steals through three contests.
Gary Harris tallied a season-high 19 points. Harris also made two 3-pointers, also a season high and the only 3-pointers by the Spartans (made at 18:01 and 4:29 in the first half).
Michigan State out-rebounded its opponent for the third time in as many games, out-boarding the Tigers, 46-39.
MSU held a 46-10 advantage in points in the paint and an 18-0 edge in fast-break points.
MSU committed a season-low 12 turnovers.
It was the first game of the season that Michigan State's first points on the board were from a 3-pointer.
MSU had a 1.000 FT percentage in the first half (6-6).
Alex Gauna made his first career start, equaling his career high with three rebounds.
It was the first game for Matt Costello in the Green and White. Costello scored four points, tallied three rebounds, and tied Adreian Payne and Denzel Valentine for a game high in blocks with two.
Denzel Valentine established season highs in points (8) and assists (5).
Brandan Kearney recorded his first points of the season and played his season-high of 17 minutes.
Adreian Payne notched a season high of nine points.
Russel Byrd scored his first points of the season, a field goal, with 24 seconds left in the first half.
Dan Chapman and Keenan Wetzel played their first minutes of the season and both recorded one defensive rebound.