Post-Game Notes

Dec. 21, 2004

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Michigan State Basketball Post-Game Notes
Michigan State vs. UCLA
Dec. 21, 2004 - East Lansing, Mich. - Breslin Center
Final Score: Michigan State 76, UCLA 64

+ For the seventh time this season, State's bench outscored its opponent's; Spartan subs had 16 points, compared to the Bruin bench's eight. State also had eight more points in the paint than UCLA (28-20) and capitalized upon turnovers by a dominating 22 points to eight. State also had12 points on the fast break, compared to UCLA's eight.

+ Freshman Drew Neitzel tied his career-best point total with eight tonight. He hit eight points against UW-Green Bay (11/23), and also had two 3-point field goals that day.

+ Paul Davis led MSU scorers with 18 points tonight and tied UCLA's Josh Shipp for the game-high. Davis was 7-for-14 from the field and 4-of-6 at the free-throw line.

+ Michigan State had just two players score in double figures today, the first time this season fewer than three Spartans have hit the 10-point mark.

+ Prior to tonight's game with UCLA, the Spartans had been out-rebounded just twice this season, and were 0-2 in those two games. UCLA grabbed 38 rebounds to MSU's 33 boards.

+ MSU's .400 shooting from 3-point field goal range marked the fifth time this season the Spartans have hit .400 or better from beyond the arc. In those five games, State owns a 4-1 record.

+ The Spartans' unselfishness continued tonight, as State recorded 16 assists. Through nine games, MSU is averaging 18.3 assists per game, and has recorded assists on 165 of its 259 baskets.

+ Kelvin Torbert has 979 points in his career, and is just 21 from becoming the 32nd Spartan ever to reach the 1,000-point mark.

+ Chris Hill currently stands at 1,350 points, in 16th place on the MSU all-time scoring list. He needs 28 points to pass Julius McCoy (1,377) and move into 15th place. In addition, Hill's 348 career assists rank him ninth in State history. He needs two to pass eighth-place Kevin Smith.



+ Tom Izzo owns a career mark of 125-18 (.874) in the Breslin Center, including a 90-6 (.938) mark over the last seven seasons.

+ State has sold out 102 consecutive regular-season games at the Breslin Center. Since the start of the 1998-99 season, MSU has won 90 of its last 96 regular-season games in Breslin, a winning percentage of .938.

+ MSU posted just 12 turnovers in tonight's contest, while forcing 18. The Spartans' team total marked its third consecutive game with fewer than 13 turnovers. The Spartans have won each game this season in which they have posted more assists than turnovers.

+ Matt Trannon set a new career high with six rebounds in his 2004-05 season debut. His previous career high rebounding total was four, which he reached four times in 2003-04.

+ The Spartans' halftime lead of 10 points marked their biggest lead at the break since the third game of the season, when MSU led Nicholls State, 48-16 (11/27). The margin also marked UCLA's largest halftime deficit of the season.

+ Michigan State did not allow a steal in the first half, and just two in the second half; the Spartan defense's best on the year was four against UW-Green Bay (11/23).

+ Michigan State's 17 free-throw attempts in the first half of tonight's game is the second-most the Spartans have attempted in a half this season. State's season high of 18 came in the second half of MSU's game at Duke (11/30).