Post-Game Notes

Nov. 27, 2004

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Michigan State Basketball Post-Game Notes
Michigan State vs. Nicholls State
Nov. 27, 2004 - East Lansing, Mich. - Breslin Center
Final Score: Michigan State 102, Nicholls State 52

+ Today's game marked the 100th consecutive regular-season sell-out of the Breslin Center. Since the start of the 1998-99 season, State has won 88 of its last 94 regular-season games in Breslin, a winning percentage of .936.

+ State's 50-point win against Nicholls State marked the fifth largest margin of victory for the Spartans. MSU defeated Nicholls State, 92-38, on Dec. 9, 2001, the third largest margin of victory (54 points) in the Spartan record books.

+ With a 102-52 win against Nicholls State today following the 104-46 win against UW-Green Bay (Nov. 23) and a 104-72 win against Florida A&M (Nov. 19), the Spartans scored 100 points in three consecutive games for the first time since 1963-64. That year, MSU defeated Northern Michigan (109-86), Western Michigan (101-100) and Bowling Green State (104-81) to open the season. State posted 10 100-point games in the 1963-64 season.

+ Today's game with Nicholls State marked Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo's 300th game at the helm of the State program. He has a career record of 210-90 all-time, and owns a 123-18 record in the Breslin Center, including an 88-6 mark in the last six seasons.

+ Michigan State posted 42 points off turnovers in today's game, compared to the Colonels' 15.

+ Today's game marked the third straight contest that MSU had five or more players with double-figure scoring totals.

+ Chris Hill currently stands at 1,279 career points, 17th on the MSU all-time scoring list. His six points today moved him past Quinton Brooks (1,275). He is currently in ninth place on the all-time assist list, with 325 in his three-plus years. He stands alone in ninth place and is 24 from eighth place (349), currently held by Kevin Smith (1979-82).



+ MSU's bench outscored Nicholls State's bench, 36-10.

+ Michigan State has an all-time record of 61-17 in games played in November, including a 44-3 mark at home.

+ Michigan State held Nicholls State to 16 first-half points, the lowest first-half point total for an opponent this season. The Spartans recorded 48 first-half points of their own, marking the third straight game in which they have reached the 45-point mark in the first half.

+ The Spartans out-rebounded Nicholls State, 52-29, the third time this season MSU has out-rebounded its opponent. The Spartans grabbed 19 offensive boards compared to the Colonels' nine.

+ A total of 10 Spartans collected at least two rebounds apiece with Kelvin Torbert leading the way with seven.

+ Nine Spartans posted at least one steal, with Shannon Brown and Maurice Ager posting three apiece.

+ Michigan State has shot better than 50 percent from the field in each of its three games this season. MSU shot 54.7 percent against Florida A&M, 52.8 percent against UW-Green Bay and 50.0 percent against Nicholls State.

+ Including MSU's 19-for-23 performance from the free-throw line against Nicholls State, MSU has made 59 free throws on the year, whereas its opponents have attempted only 47 tries.

+ Michigan State has never trailed throughout its three games this season.