Dec. 17, 1997
|Cleaves scored 16 against Wright State.|
Spartans Storm Past Wright State, 95-52
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Mateen Cleaves scored 16 points and Charlie Bell added 14 on Wednesday as Michigan State rolled past Wright State 95-52.
The 95 points were the most scored by the Spartans since Tom Izzo took over as head coach in 1995-96.
Four other Michigan State players scored in double figures as the Spartans shot 58 percent on 39 of 67 field goal attempts. Jason Klein, Doug Davis and Morris Peterson each scored 11 points and DuJuan Wiley added 10.
The victory improved the Spartans' record to 5-3, while the Raiders fell to 4-5.
Michigan State started the game with a 23-5 run as the Spartans completely dominated the first half.
Wright State missed 11 of its first 12 shots from the field and finished the half shooting 24 percent, making only seven of 29 attempts. Michigan State shot 59 percent, 19 for 32, in the first half as it built a 45-19 halftime lead.
The Spartans continued to add to their lead in the second half and Davis' three-point shot in the final minute gave Michigan State its final margin and biggest lead of the contest.
Michigan State also held a 49-34 edge in rebounding. It was the sixth time in eight games that the Spartans have beaten their opponent on the boards.
Wright State's Keion Brooks led all scorers with 24 points.