Spartans dominant in 104-46 win over UW-GB

The fans who took part in MSU's 99th-consecutive sell-out at the Breslin Center Tuesday night were treated to one of the most dominant displays of Spartan basketball in recent memory as the hosts demolished the visiting Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix, 104-46.

The Spartans hit 19-of-36 of their shots in both the first and second halves for a field-goal percentage of 52.8. In addition, they out-rebounded their opponents for the second consecutive game, pulling down 49 boards compared to UW-Green Bay's 26.

Alan Anderson led a balanced offense with 18 points, Paul Davis had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Shannon Brown and Kelvin Torbert each had 15 points and Maurice Ager added 13 for the Spartans. Freshman point-guard Drew Neitzel chipped in with eight points and five assists.

Michigan State raced to a 36-10 lead in a 56-24 lead at halftime. The Spartans shot .636 from 3-point range. The highlight of the second half was a 26-11 edge on the boards, including 12 rebounds at the offensive end.

MSU Coach Tom Izzo was both impressed and measured when accessing his team's performance:

"I would like to keep the tempo where it was tonight, but we might not be able to do that when we run into some tougher teams," Izzo said. "But, I think we have grown as a team in that area. We are running the floor very well, but most importantly, we are doing it with efficiency. We are making progress, but we have to realize that we are going to have to keep it up against some higher caliber teams."

"I am definitely not satisfied with the rebounding, because it is illegal to be satisfied (around here), but I thought we did better. But, we have to do a better job of making sure our wings rebound first and run the floor second, which is something the championship teams were dynamite at."

After a home game with Nicholls State on Saturday, the Spartans will travel down to Tobacco Road for a matchup with Duke on Nov. 30 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Blue Devils beat Michigan State 72-50 last year in East Lansing.

Spartan Notebook:
Triple Digit Milestone – With the win against UW-Green Bay coming on the heels of the 104-72 win against Florida A&M on Nov. 19, the Spartans have scored 100 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1963-64. That year, MSU defeated Iowa, 107-89, on Feb. 22, 1964, and Northwestern on Feb. 29, 1964, 104-97. In all, the Spartans scored in triple-figures 10 times that season.

Climbing the charts - Chris Hill continues his ascent into the MSU record books. After Tuesday's performance, he currently stands at 1,273 career points, 18th on the MSU all-time scoring list. He needs three points to pass Quinton Brooks (1,275) and move into 17th place. He is currently in 10th place on the all-time assist list, with 320 in his three-plus years. He needs one assist to move into ninth place with Ken Redfield.

Home Cookin' – MSU has an all-time record of 60-17 in games played in November, including a 43-3 mark at home. Since the start of the 1998-99 season, the Spartans have won 87 of their last 93 regular-season games in Breslin, a winning percentage of 93.5.

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