Post-Game Notes

Dec. 11, 2004

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Final Score: Michigan State 78, Stanford 53

+ Michigan State owns an all-time record of 5-2 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, and is now 1-1 in the two years of the Spartan Clash. MSU's 25-point win marked the Spartans' largest margin of victory in its seven games at the Palace. The previous high was 17 points, set in a 75-58 victory against Syracuse on March 23, 2000 (NCAA Sweet Sixteen).

+ For the second time this season, State had four players score in double figures, as Davis led all scores with 20 points. Maurice Ager (12 points), Alan Anderson (11) and Shannon Brown (10) each reached double-digits as well.

+ The Spartans are 5-0 in games when they out-rebound their opponent; State grabbed 28 boards in its 78-53 win against Stanford today.

+ MSU has made more free throws (132) than its opponents have attempted (130). The Spartans are averaging 23.7 free throws per game.

+ Paul Davis was MSU's leading scorer for the second time this season, and his 20 points marked a season best for him. Davis' previous season-best point total of 17 came at Duke (11/30). The 20-point performance marked the 10th of his career.

+ Chris Hill's eight assists marked a season best for him. His previous high was six against Florida A&M (11/19).

+ Drew Naymick's five points marked a career best; his previous high was three, which he had reached twice this season (last vs. George Washington, 12/4).

+ Chris Hill currently stands at 1,321 points, in 16th place on the MSU all-time scoring list. He needs 57 points to pass Julius McCoy (1,377) and move into 15th place. In addition, Hill's 342 career assists rank him ninth in State history. He needs eight to pass eighth-place Kevin Smith.



+ Through seven games, State is averaging 18.5 assists per game, and has recorded assists on 130 of its 210 baskets. Today, the Spartans posted 18 assists, compared to Stanford's eight.

+ In the first half, Michigan State exploded for six points within the span of a minute following the 12-minute media timeout, to go up 14-13, which gave the Spartans their first lead since 17:47 (4-2). That one-minute flurry sparked a seven-minute, 16-4 Spartan run that put MSU up 24-17 at the four-minute timeout mark.

+ State hit 35.7 percent (10-of-28) of its first-half shots, the lowest single-half shooting percentage of the season. That low percentage also led to MSU's lowest first-half point total (31) of the year. The Spartans struggled from beyond the arc in the first half, as they were 1-for-9 (11.1 percent).

+ After three lead changes, Stanford tied the game at 16-16 at 7:39 of the first half. MSU reclaimed the lead and did not trail for the remainder of the game.