Spartans take over first place in Big Ten

Michigan State throttled conference rival Ohio State 84-70 to move into sole possession of the Big Ten with a 7-2 conference record. Sophomore forward Paul Davis was a factor again in the middle with 10 points.

(EAST LANSING) Tom Izzo never lost faith that this year's edition of the Michigan State Spartans would rebound from their disappointing start to be a factor in the Big Ten race.

Izzo's faith was vindicated when Michigan State throttled conference rival Ohio State 84-70 to move into sole possession of the Big Ten with a 7-2 conference record.

Izzo attributed MSU recent success in shooting to unselfishness in sharing the basketball. "We're passing it better,"Izzo said. "For a coach, that's the part that's exciting. They are very, very unselfish." That unselfishness led directly to an incredible 73% shooting performance from the field.

Had State not missed its last four shots it would have broken the NCAA mark for shooting accuracy. "Sooner or later you think you're going to miss one but we stayed pretty consistent," point guard Chris Hill said.

The Spartans parlayed a great performance against Iowa, which gave coach Izzo his 200th career win, into a strong performance against the Buckeyes.

Maurice Ager led the Spartans with 18 points, Kelvin Tobert, Alan Anderson and Paul Davis were all in double figures with 15, 12 and 10 respectively.


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