Spartans End Two-Game Skid with Rout of E. Tennessee State
Thomas Kelley scores a game-high 21 points in 86-53 victory.
December 10, 1998
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - Thomas Kelley broke out of a shooting slump with 21 points Thursday night and No. 14 Michigan State ended a two-game losing streak with an 86-53 victory over East Tennessee State.
Kelley scored 15 points in the first half as the Spartans took a 46-24 lead. He had been averaging 5.0 points and shooting 29 percent from the field.
Jason Klein scored 13 points and Charlie Bell added 11 for Michigan State (5-3), which was coming off loses to No. 3 Duke and No. 1 Connecticut.
Leo Murray and Adrian Meeks each had 10 points for East Tennessee State (5-2).
The Spartans were never seriously challenged after taking a 12-2 lead. They shot 68 percent from the field in the first half, and 64 percent for the game.
The Buccaneers were held to 41 percent shooting, and were outrebounded 33-22. Antonio Smith grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Spartans.
Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State's preseason all-America point guard, dished had nine assists. He took just five shots and scored seven points.
Cleaves also helped contain Greg Stephens, the Buccaneers' leading scorer who finished with seven points.