Anderson was perfect for the night, going 10-for-10 from the field and 7-of-7 from the foul line, scoring a career-high 28 points in leading Michigan State to a 77-64 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers Thursday night in East Lansing.
Paul Davis chipped in with his third-straight (and sixth overall) double-double, scoring 13 points and pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds. Shannon Brown and Maurice Ager each added 10 points for Michigan State (20-4, 11-2 Big Ten). The Spartans have now won 17 of their last 19 games. The victory ended a six-game losing streak versus the Badgers that dated to Feb. 27, 2001; and a twelve-game losing streak versus ranked opponents that dates back to the 2003 NCAA Regional Finals.
Michigan State's last nine victories have been by double digits.
Anderson, whose previous career high was 18 points, scored all Michigan State's points during an 11-2 run, which gave the Spartans a 15-4 lead with 13:53 left in the first half.
Michigan State led by as much as 14 before halftime, took a 33-25 lead into intermission, and didn't let the Badgers get closer than eight the rest of the night.
Offensive rebounds led to seven of the Spartans' first eight points after the break, giving them a 41-27 lead just 2:05 into the second half. The Badgers didn't pull within single digits until there was just over a minute left in the game.
Michigan State outrebounded Wisconsin 34-26, marking the 15th straight game in which they grabbed more boards than their opponent. The Spartans are 19-2 this season when they win the battle on the glass. Michigan State also took care of the basketball offensively, committing only 10 turnovers while dishing out 19 assists.
With the win, the 2004-05 Spartans have also placed themselves among the top teams in program history, becoming only the 14th team to win 20 or more games in a season. Under Tom Izzo's leadership, six of the past eight Michigan State squads have reached that milestone.
Next up for the Spartans is a 12 p.m. matchup Sunday in Bloomington, Indiana versus the Indiana Hoosiers; who have now moved into a third-place tie with Wisconsin in the Big Ten standings at 8-5.