Spartans roll through exhibition 97-56

Behind balanced scoring, the Spartans rout Master's College in a 97-56 win. Denzel Valentine led the Spartans with 24 points, while Russell Byrd had 22 and was honored before the game in his return.

Michigan State got the chance to get a better look at what it has with a new-look team this season Monday night.

It came with mixed results in a 97-56 exhibition win against Master’s College.

The Spartans came out cold and trailed early as the Spartans did not lead until Matt Costello hit a jump hook to make it 15-14. After five straight points for Master’s College, the Spartans used a 36-5-run to close out the first half.

The first half was fueled by Cleveland State transfer Bryn Forbes, who had 11 points – all of which came in the 36-5 run and included two 3-pointers. Forbes finished with 14 points. Denzel Valentine had a game-high 24 and was 6 of 9 from 3-point range.

The game opened with a special moment for Master’s College guard Russell Byrd, who played his first three seasons at Michigan State. The former captain was the final player introduced in the starting lineups, coming in to a big ovation from those on hand at Breslin Center and kissing the Spartan head at center court.

He finished with a team-high 22 points, 17 of which came in the second half as he scored 14 points in a row early in the frame.

Master’s came out hot early, hitting four 3s – including one from Byrd to open the game – but the Spartans picked it up from there and rolled.

The Spartans led 51-21 at halftime – after the game being tied 19-19 near the midway point of the first half.

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