Dec. 16, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
With its 69-61 victory over Chicago State, Michigan State improved its home record to 8-0 in 2006-07. It also marked MSU's 23rd consecutive non-conference win in the Breslin Center.
Michigan State entered tonight's game with a +11.8 rebound margin (No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 6 in the NCAA); however, Chicago State managed to stay even with the Spartans on the backboards (27-27). The Spartans have out-rebounded 10 of their first 12 opponents this season.
The Spartans committed a season-high 21 turnovers.
Michigan State recorded 17 assists on 20 made field goals (85 percent).
Drew Neitzel scored a career-high 32 points, hitting 8-of-16 shots from the field - including 6-of-12 from 3-point range - and 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. Neitzel also set career highs for free throws made and attempted in a game. He scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half. His previous single-game high - 26 points - came earlier this season against Vermont.
Drew Neitzel has scored 20 or more points six times this season, with the Spartans going 5-1 in those games. Neitzel is averaging 20.9 points over his last eight games (167 points).
Isaiah Dahlman earned his first career start tonight and responded by scoring a season-best 11 points. Dahlman also played a season-high 38 minutes.
Marquise Gray posted double-figure rebounds for the third time this season, collecting 11 boards. Gray is averaging 10.3 rebounds over his last three games (31 total).
Goran Suton recorded a career-best five assists.