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Matt Costello scores 15-points, Michigan State runs over Florida Atlantic 82-55 in season opener.

Even Tom Izzo was impressed with the way his Michigan State Spartans played on Friday night in their season opening 82-55 win over Florida Atlantic.

Michigan State senior Matt Costello came up big in the Spartans season opener with 15-points and seven rebounds in a 82-55 win over Florida Atlantic.

With four Spartans scoring in double figures it was no surprise Michigan State able to get off to a fast start, however, it was the poor shooting of Florida Atlantic that allowed Tom Izzo's team to hold a 43-21 advantage at the half.

With Florida Atlantic shooting just 25.8% from the field in the first half and 1-of-8 from the three-point line, the Spartans got off to a strong opening performance and Izzo took notice.

“The team was very good defensively,” said Izzo.  “I thought they did some very good things.  I don’t know what I would grade us.  We hit 25 assists and 30 baskets, that’s unbelievable.”

Izzo also spoke highly about Costello’s shooting night.

“I am comfortable with him almost taking a three if it’s not within a fast break,” he said.  “He is definitely a 15-foot shooter, and he is a good shooter from there as he has worked hard on that.  When he gets those jump hooks then he gets to the free throw line and when he gets to the free throw line he can shoot free throws.”

Joining Costello in double figures was Denzel Valentine (13-points), Deyonta Davis (13-points) and Bryn Forbes (12-points).  Davis led the team with 11 rebounds with Valentine providing nine assists.

The Spartans will now head to the Champions Classic in Chicago where they’ll take on Kansas on Tuesday night with a 10:00 p.m. ET tip.


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