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Game Notes Michigan State vs. Cleveland State Dec. 16, 2005
The 20-plus point performances by Shannon Brown (27), Maurice Ager (22) and Paul Davis (24) marks the first time since Feb. 15, 2000 against Ohio State that three Spartans scored 20 or more points in a game. In that game Morris Peterson (26), Mateen Cleaves (24) and Charlie Bell (23) surpassed the 20-point mark.
Out of the 43 Michigan State points in the second half, Ager, Brown and Davis scored 41 of them. Matt Trannon had the only other two points.
Brown's 27 points is a new career high. His previous career high was 24 against Kentucky in last season's Elite Eight game.
Drew Neitzel failed to score for the first time this season. He had registered double-digit points in three of the past four games before tonight.
Ager's 22 points now give him 1,115 career points putting him 28th on the Spartans all-time scoring list. He passed Bill Kilgore (1,099) and Al Ferrari (1,109) tonight.
Ager also passed Mateen Cleaves to move into seventh all-time on the Spartans three-point field goals list with 144.
Davis went six-for-seven from the free throw line against the Vikings, giving him 375 career points from the line. That moves him past Ferrari (373) and Greg Kelser (374) into sixth on the all-time list. Kelser was the color commentator for tonight's game. Next on the list is Alan Anderson with 379 points.
Davis also pitched in 11 rebounds for his 19th career double-double and his sixth of the 2005-06 campaign. The Spartans are 5-1 this season in those games and 14-5 overall in those games.
State shot 65.2 percent from the field in the second half, marking the third-straight game it has shot over 65 percent in the second half.
Cleveland State tied a school record with 14 three-pointers in the game. Its 10 shots made from behind the arch in the first half is the most MSU has given up in a half this season, and is higher than the opponents three-point total in eight of 10 games this year.
Ager recorded his first career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds, grabbing nine rebounds in the second half.