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Michigan State Spartans move to 16-1 with impressive 92-65 win over Penn State as Denzel Valentine makes his return to the court.

Michigan State cruised to their 16th win of the season as Denzel Valentine made his return from injury. But Bryn Forbes was the star of the game with 20 first half points in the 92-65 win over Penn State.

The Michigan State Spartans (16-1) hit the road Sunday to take on Penn State (10-7) at the Bryce Jordan Center and could have left the team bus running as they stormed past the Nittany Lions 92-65 in Big Ten play.  

With Denzel Valentine officially making his return to the court following his knee surgery, Tom Izzo’s squad had no problem with the Nittany Lions in a game they never trailed and held a 40-27 advantage at the half.

The Spartan won their third consecutive game since their loss to Iowa at the end of December and while the play on the court was never questioned, the biggest news was the official return to the court of standout Denzel Valentine, who came off the Spartans bench.

1st 2nd Total
Michigan State 40 52 92
Penn State 27 38 65

While Valentine struggled to get going on the scoreboard, getting him on the court will help get the Spartans back to full strength as conference play continues.

Since Valentine went down, Bryn Forbes has been one of the Spartans top performers, that continued against the Nittany Lions as Forbes scored 20 points first half for the No. 5 ranked Spartans hitting six 3-pointers.

Joining Forbes scoring in double figures was Eron Harris and Gavin Schilling with 13-points each and Valentine who added 10 points in the second half.

The Spartans will return to the court on Thursday looking to revenge their only loss of the season when the Iowa Hawkeyes travel to East Lansing.


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