Michigan State went on a 26-2 run in the first half that gave them a 15-point lead at the intermission. The Spartans are improving on defense and shut down Wichita St. during the run and didn't give up a single field goal.
Coach Izzo, who usually isn't easily pleased by his team's performance did say that they have made some improvements rebounding and on the defensive end of the court. The Spartans won the rebounding margin against the Shockers by a total of 33-24.
Paul Davis continues his impressive play with another double-double performance. Davis scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
The Spartans finally showed the ability to pull away from teams they should beat. The three-point shooting by Shannon Brown put away Wichita St. in the second half. Brown had 18 points including 3-5 shooting from behind the arc.
Michigan State has established one of the most balance scoring attacks in the nation. With the abilities of Maurice Ager, Paul Davis and Shannon Brown the Spartans' offense looks unstoppable at times.
Sophomore point guard Drew Neitzel played another solid game with 14 points and 5 assists. Neitzel only turned the ball over one time and continues to push the ball up the court and get the ball to the playmakers on Michigan State.
Paul Miller led the Shockers with 21 points. 17 of those 21 points came in the first half and the Spartans contained Miller to help them pull away with the victory.
Wichita St. was on a four-game winning streak after their one-point loss to Illinois. Michigan State knows they beat a solid team and were happy to avoid a close game and a potential upset.
Michigan State will have all week to practice before they welcome Cleveland State at the Breslin Center on Dec. 16.