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Post-Game Notes

Dec. 29, 2004

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Michigan State Basketball Post-Game Notes
Michigan State vs. UNC Asheville
Dec. 29, 2004 - East Lansing, Mich. - Breslin Center
Final Score: Michigan State 92, UNC Asheville 63

+ With nine assists, Chris Hill moved into eighth place on the all-time assists chart at Michigan State, passing Kevin Smith (348 assists). He also finished with no turnovers, nine points and five steals.

+ Michigan State recorded assists on 26 of its 31 baskets. The 26 assists equaled the season high, set previously against Florida A&M (11/19). On the season, MSU has recorded an assist on 68 percent of its baskets. Drew Neitzel and Chris Hill combined for 15 of the 26 assists, and neither guard had a turnover.

+ Chris Hill was 2-of-5 from 3-point range. He has made a 3-pointer in 102 of 106 career games.

+ Five Spartans combined for State's season-high nine dunks, six of which came in the first half. MSU recorded 40 points in the paint tonight, compared to Asheville's 18.

+ Michigan State held UNC Asheville to 18 first-half points, marking the second-lowest first-half total by a Spartan opponent this season. Nicholls State scored just 16 first half points.

+ For the third time this season, Michigan State had five players reach double figures. The Spartans are now 2-1 when five players score 10 or more points.

+ The Spartans shot nearly twice as many free throws as UNC Asheville, as State hit 21-of-25, while Asheville was 6-for-13 at the line.

+ In the first half, State held a 20-12 lead with 10:54 to go before the Spartans went on a 22-6 scoring run to close out the half with a 42-18 lead.

+ Matt Trannon established a career high with seven rebounds. His previous career high was six rebounds against UCLA (12/21).



+ State dominated the fast break tonight, scoring 27 points compared to UNC Asheville's two.

+ Michigan State shot a season-best 56.4 percent from the field. The previous high was 54.7 percent in the season opener against Florida A&M (11/19).

+ Michigan State is now averaging 90.17 points at home this season, shooting 51.8 from the field.

+ Delco Rowley established a career best with eight points.

+ Drew Neitzel established a season high with six assists.

+ Head coach Tom Izzo moved his career record to 215-92 overall and 126-18 in the Breslin Center, including a 91-6 mark over the last seven seasons.

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