It was a close game all the way down to the wire, but in the end Michigan State was superior to Boston College down the stretch. The Spartans played one of their most balanced games of the year on both ends of the court and it was enough to hand Boston College their first loss of the season.
"We didn't play great but we played good enough to win," said Tom Izzo.
There was one key run in the second half that was the big difference in the contest. Michigan State went on an 18-4 run to go up by a score of 54-41 with just under ten minutes to play. That big separation helped the Spartans pull away for the victory.
Michigan State shot 77 percent from the field in the second half to help them get past a tough Boston College team who pulled within two points with only a little over a minute to play. The Spartans once again had a good night from the line, shooting 15-of-18 and making all their free-throws in the clutch.
"We executed better in the second half than the first," said Izzo. He then added, "We've been a very good free throw shooting team."
Senior center Paul Davis had another impressive game with 18 points and seven rebounds. Davis was also 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Boston College was led by Jared Dudley, who had 23 points and six rebounds.
Michigan State executed very well, especially in the second half. The Spartans only turned the ball over nine times, which has been a problem for them early in the season.
Senior forward Matt Trannon gave Michigan State some quality bench minutes on Tuesday night. Trannon played 21 minutes and was on the highlight reel with an impressive behind the back pass at half court to Maurice Ager for a break-away dunk.
Drew Neitzel had another solid game at the point guard position. Neitzel went 3-4 from the 3-point line and is starting to show consistency in his jump shot. Neitzel scored 13 points to go along with five assists and more importantly zero turnovers.