Nine in Row for Surging Spartans

Maurice Ager and Shannon Brown once again showed that they are a force to be reckoned with, Ager finished with 25 points and Brown had 26. Wisconsin-Green Bay didn't have an answer for either one of the big time MSU guards.

EAST LASING - Michigan State earned their 10th victory of the year and moved their win streak to nine games by defeating Wisconsin-Green Bay (4-7) 98-69.

In the first half the Spartans (10-2) came out firing the ball from long range and hit 8-13 from behind the three-point line. The Spartans' superior perimeter offense sparked the team and got them out to a 44-35 lead at half.

Maurice Ager and Shannon Brown once again showed that they are a force to be reckoned with, Ager finished with 25 points and Brown had 26. Wisconsin-Green Bay didn't have an answer for either one of the guards and found themselves over matched in the backcourt.

Ager and Brown were on fire from behind the arc, Ager was 4-8 and Brown was 6-10 from the 3-point line. Drew Neitzel also contributed by hitting two three-pointers of his own in the first half. Michigan State as a team shot 13-24 from three-point range.

Wisconsin-Green Bay was led by guard Ryan Evanochko and forward Terry Evans. Evanochko had 18 points and was 7-16 from the field and Evans chipped in 17 shooting 8-14 on the night.

Paul Davis had another strong showing as he contributed 25 points and 8 rebounds to add to the offensive firepower of Ager and Brown. Davis and the rest of the Spartans dominated the paint and out-rebounded Wisconsin-Green Bay 33-18.

In the second half Michigan State showed that their transition game was too much to handle for UW-Green Bay. It seemed like everytime the Spartans gave up a basket they came back with an answer in a blink of an eye.

Michigan State gave forward Matt Trannon the start tonight. Coach Izzo has been rotating Trannon, Marquise Gray and Goran Suton in the starting line-up the last few games. Trannon responded with 10 points and was a perfect 5-5 from the field.

Michigan State will close out their non-conference schedule against Coppin St. on New Year's Eve at the Breslin Center. After that contest, Michigan State will begin their Big Ten schedule in January opening up at Big Ten defending champion, Illinois.


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