Dec. 30, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
With its 74-61 victory over Loyola (Md.) College, Michigan State improved its home record to 11-0 in 2006-07. It also marked MSU's 26th consecutive non-conference win in the Breslin Center.
It also marked MSU's 13 non-conference victory, breaking the school regular-season record (since joining the Big Ten in 1950-51) for non-league wins since last year's team went 12-2.
Loyola (Md.) College managed to stay even with Michigan State on the backboards as each team collected 37 rebounds. The Spartans entered today's game with an average rebound margin of +10.5 per game. MSU has out-rebounded 12 of its first 15 opponents this season.
Michigan State recorded 21 assists on 26 made field goals (81 percent).
Goran Suton scored a career-high 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line. It marked just the second time this season that Suton has led the team in scoring. Suton scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half, connecting on 7-of-9 shots from the floor and 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. His previous career high was 18 points vs. Boston College earlier this season.
Marquise Gray recorded his third career double-double, with a career-high 19 points (8-of-13 shooting from the field) to go along with 11 rebounds. Gray scored 16 of his 19 points in the first half, thanks to his 7-of-9 shooting from the floor.
Over his last seven games, Marquise Gray is averaging 12.1 points (85) and 8.7 rebounds (61). Gray is shooting 64.3 percent from the field (36-of-56) during that seven-game stretch.
Drew Neitzel posted his second career double-double, with 10 points and 12 assists. His 12 assists matched his career high, previously set vs. Michigan on Feb. 18, 2006. Neitzel has now scored in double figures in 14 consecutive games.