To Izzo's dismay, the Spartans struggled to keep the Rattlers off the offensive glass as the visitors grabbed 23 offensive boards, converting them into 12 second-chance points.
On the other hand, MSU came to play with passion on defense. The Spartans forced 20 turnovers and limited Florida A&M to 36 percent shooting overall. The effort was highlighted by a fast start, as MSU allowed the Rattlers to make just 10 of their first 40 attempts from the field.
Offensively, Shannon Brown and Maurice Ager combined for 38 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Senior Kelvin Torbert, who began the game Morris Peterson style as a sixth-man off the bench, chipped in a game-high 21 points while making eight of 10 shots, including a 3-for-4 performance from behind the 3-point line.
As a team, MSU shot 70 percent in the first half and finished with six players, including all five starters, scoring in double figures.
MSU junior center Paul Davis scored 10 points and had six rebounds in just 13 minutes of foul-plagued action.
Alan Anderson, who started at power forward, scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists.
Freshman point guard Drew Neitzel, finished his night with four assists, three steals and six turnovers before fouling out with 3:43 left in the game.
Spartan Notebook: Senior guard Chris Hill continued his stellar career Friday night, knocking down three 3-pointers, which put him at 248 for his career. Hill is second on MSU's all-time list, 82 treys behind leader Shawn Respert.
Hill, who also chimed in with six assists, moved past Ken Redfield into 10th place on MSU's all-time list in that category with 317.