Dec. 18, 2004
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Michigan State Basketball Post-Game Notes
Michigan State vs. Delaware State
Dec. 18, 2004 - East Lansing, Mich. - Breslin Center
Final Score: Michigan State 63, Delaware State 45
+ Michigan State had just three players score in double figures today, the first time this season fewer than four Spartans have hit the 10-point mark.
+ The Spartans are 6-0 in games when they out-rebound their opponent; State grabbed 28 boards compared to Delaware State's 22.
+ State's bench was outscored by its opponent for the second time this season. Delaware State's subs posted 17 points in the game, while MSU's bench contributed 15.
+ The Spartans' unselfishness continued tonight, as State recorded 19 assists and eight individuals contributed at least two assists. Through eight games, MSU is averaging 18.6 assists per game, and has recorded assists on 149 of its 233 baskets.
+ Chris Hill was MSU's leading scorer, with 14 points, one shy of a season best for him. Hill's season-best point total of 15 came against George Washington (12/4). Twelve of Hill's 14 points today came from beyond the arc, as he was 4-of-8 from three-point range.
+ Kelvin Torbert was 5-of-7 from the field (.714) in today's contest, up from his season average of .549. He also added five rebounds, making his season total 29.
+ Chris Hill currently stands at 1,335 points, in 16th place on the MSU all-time scoring list. He needs 43 points to pass Julius McCoy (1,377) and move into 15th place. In addition, Hill's 344 career assists rank him ninth in State history. He needs six to pass eighth-place Kevin Smith.
+ Tom Izzo owns a career mark of 124-18 (.873) in the Breslin Center, including an 89-6 (.937) mark over the last seven seasons.
+ State has sold out 101 consecutive regular-season games at the Breslin Center. Since the start of the 1998-99 season, MSU has won 89 of its last 95 regular-season games in Breslin, a winning percentage of .937.
+ MSU's first-half point total of 24 points marked its lowest single-half output this season. The Spartans led, 6-4, until Delaware State took the lead at 12:34 (7-6); MSU would trail until it went on a 7-0 run in the final 2:24 of the half. The Spartans took a slim 24-22 lead into halftime.
+ After both teams posted nine turnovers each in the first half, MSU committed just four in the second half, while Delaware State posted eight in the second stanza.