MSU coach Tom Izzo said Anderson came up big when the Spartans needed it the most. "We needed a senior to come through, and he came through," said Izzo.
Anderson was active throughout the game but when the contest turned physical, Izzo inserted Spartan wide receiver turned power forward Matt Trannon and he responded, snaring five boards in fourteen minutes of play.
Izzo appears to be comfortable turning to them in crucial situtation and both are responding. Ager put up twelve points in 29 minutes of play while Brown matched that in his 20 minute stint.
The coaching staff appears ready to insert either of the duo when Chris Hill (5 points in 29 minutes) and Kelvin Tobert (10 points in 18 minutes) falter.
Torbert has taken his sixth man role in stride and is trying to make the best of it. Meanwhile freshman Drew Neitzel had four points and two assists in nine minutes.
Troublesome again for the Spartans is junior Paul Davis' seeming inability to play big against larger and more physical opponents. Davis found himself in foul trouble early in the game. Matched against Minnesota best player, junior big man Jeff Hagen, Davis picked up his fourth foul with over 12 minutes left in the game and had to sit down.
Izzo was able to offset the loss of Davis offensive production thanks to Ager and Brown, while Trannon, sophomore Drew Naymick (two points and four rebounds in 16 minutes) and freshman Delco Rowley were able to hold the Gophers interior attack at bay.
The Spartans next host a wounded Michigan team (Thursday, 7:00pm EST) that has lost four straight. Adding insult to injury, Michigan point guard Daniel Horton reinjured his leg and his status in day-to-day.