Michigan State still looked a little tired from their trip in Hawaii.
The Spartans didn't get a lead until Goran Suton converted on a three-point play with less than three minutes left in the first half. After that they never looked back, they went into the intermission with a six-point lead.
Maurice Ager added 20 points for Michigan State; Justin Hawkins led IPFW with 13 points. IPFW was leading in the first half, but Michigan State rallied in the second half and enjoyed a lead as big as 22 points with two minutes left in the second half. Ager also reached a milestone by becoming the 35th player in Michigan State history to score 1,000 points in his career.
IPFW shot 12-of-25 from three-point range, Hawkins and Brad Pompey each chipped in three. Their good outside shooting earned them a lead as big as eight points in the first half. Head coach Tom Izzo was disappointed with the outcome and said that Michigan State would have to improve their perimeter defense in the future.
Freshmen Goran Suton played the bulk of the minutes at power forward for Michigan State and had another impressive game with 9 points and 9 rebounds in 20 minutes of play. After the Spartans' trip to Hawaii, Izzo is now seeing who will be giving him the most minutes down the stretch.
This was the first time that someone other than Maurice Ager has led the Spartans in scoring, Paul Davis was 2 points shy of his career high in points and scored the Spartans' first 8 points of the game. Ager sparked Michigan State in the second half with 16 of his 20 points that enabled the Spartans to pull away from IPFW.
Michigan State improved their winning streak in home openers to 29 games, dating all the way back to 1979. The Spartans will prepare for a big game against Georgia Tech on Wednesday in East Lansing.