Ager Scores 25 And Leads Spartans To Victory

Maurice Ager scored 25 points and Shannon Brown added 21 in the Spartans' victory over winless Coppin State (0-11) 78-54. No. 9 Michigan State (12-2), wins its' 11th straight victory on the year.

EAST LANSING, Mich.-- Maurice Ager scored 25 points and Shannon Brown added 21 in the Spartans' victory over winless Coppin State (0-11) 78-54. No. 9 Michigan State (12-2), wins its' 11th straight victory on the year.

Ager was 4-8 from three-point range and Shannon Brown had three of his own as well. Michigan State took the lead at the end of the first half on a 12-2 run. The Spartans were leading 32-25 at the half.

After the game coach Izzo said, "I thought Maurice Ager might have had his best all around game. He was trying to get some other guys shots, and his defense was the best its' been."

To start out the second half Michigan State went on its' second 12-2 run to jump out to a double digit lead over Coppin State. Coppin State is still without a win on the year and had trouble defending the Spartans who are leading the Big Ten in scoring.

Paul Davis had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The Spartans outrebounded Coppin State 44-26 and shot 44 percent from the field.

Coppin State was led by Tywain McKee, who had 17 points and 7 rebounds. Talmadge Bell added 10 points for the Eagles who have suffered from a tough schedule thus far on the year. This loss gives Coppin State its' third defeat against the Big Ten this year, having also lost to Michigan and Illinois.

Coach Izzo was pleased with his team's overall performance. They only committed 12 turnovers during the game and tallied 19 assists. They also gave their best defensive effort on the year only yielding 54 points to Coppin State.

Izzo played the starting five for the majority of the game. Travis Walton, Goran Suton and Delco Rowley all saw the bulk of the playing time off of the bench.

When asked to compare Michigan State to Illinois after the game Coppin State head coach Ron Mitchell said, "Michigan State is more physical than Illinois, but they are both very athletic teams."

Michigan State will now look forward to the New Year by playing a much anticipated game at Illinois on January 5, 2006. The Spartans are hoping to open up their conference schedule by defeating No. 6 ranked Illinois (14-0).

After a long break and an easy holiday schedule Michigan State will be ready to play the Big Ten defending champions at Champagne, Ill. The game against Illinois will kick-off their Big Ten schedule which is followed by two games against teams ranked in the top 25. After Illinois the Spartans will travel to Madison to take on the No. 24 ranked Badgers and then will host No. 17 Indiana at home.

Michigan State's contest against Illinois will be nationally televised on ESPN 2 at 9 p.m. Eastern time.


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