For a little while Monday night, Michigan State looked like it could be in for another long night after Saturday’s loss to Texas Southern.
The Citadel took the lead 26-25 in the first half after a huge alley oop from Ashton Moore to Quinton Marshall.
But instead of the dunk igniting the Bulldogs, it sparked the Spartans as they went on a 26-0 run to open up the game on their way to an 82-56 win.
The run began with a 7-0 stretch to close the first half to take a 32-26 lead. Opening the second half, the run continued as MSU jumped out with a 19-0 run to take a 51-26 lead.
The Citadel went more than 14 minutes without a field goal after Marshall’s dunk. P.J. Horgan finally broke the drought with a jumper with 8:48 left in the second half.
But by that point, the Spartans had run away with the game and it was strong bounceback after the 71-61 overtime loss Saturday.
Gavin Schilling got the Spartans off to a strong start with five of the first nine points and nine total in the first half. He finished with 11, while Matt Costello had his fifth straight game with double-digit points as he finished with 13 points.
Denzel Valentine had a game-high 18 points on 8 of 11 shooting, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range.
Michigan State used a big advantage inside to net 22 points in the paint in the first half and 14 of the first 17.