(East Lansing) – For the first time in the Big Ten season the MSU Spartans were able to put together an entire game.
The Spartans (10-7 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) had a near flawless performance in their 70-36 blowout win over Penn State (5-10, 0-4). The win snapped the Spartans three-game losing streak.
MSU shot 45 percent from the field, turned the ball over just eight times, and got 44 points from its bench, but it was their defense that did the Nittany Lions in.
The Spartans held Penn State to 11 field goals, forced them to shoot 23.4 percent from the field and not to mention – 36 points.
The field goal percentage was the fourth best defensive effort by a Tom Izzo team, as was the total points allowed.
Sophomore guard Chris Hill, who was not in the starting lineup, led the Spartans in scoring with 20 points, going a perfect 4-for-4 from the field in the second half. Senior forward Al Anagonye added 11 points and freshman guard Maurice Ager poured in 10 points.
Ten Spartans total found their way into the scoring column.
All season long, Izzo has preached to his inside players to get more involved in the game, and on Wednesday his big men responded. Besides Anagonye's 11-point effort, freshmen forwards Paul Davis and Erazem Lorbek had 7 and 5 points respectively.
When the Nittany Lions collapsed down low, the low post players were able to find the open man on the perimeter.
After leading 9-8 early MSU used a 28-3 run, this was capped off by a three-pointer by senior forward Adam Ballinger to take a 26-point into halftime. In the second half it was more of the same from the Spartans.
The Spartans defense had the Nittany Lions struggling to find a shot. MSU forced Penn State to put up numerous shots with less than 5 seconds remaining on the shot clock.
Guard Sharif Chambliss led Penn State with 10 points and freshman forward Aaron Johnson finished with 6 points and 12 rebounds.
The Spartans will travel to Crisper Arena for a 1 p.m. Sunday showdown with intrastate rival Michigan.