(EAST LANSING) -- Alan Anderson and Kelvin Torbert combined for 35 points to pace the Michigan State Spartans to a 71-61 win over the Minnesota Golden Golphers before yet another sold-out Breslin Center crowd.
MSU (15-11 overall, 7-6 Big Ten) took advantage of a whistle happy group of referees to connect on 31 of 40 free throw attempts, while the Gophers (16-8, 8-5) made just 65.5 percent (19 of 29).
"They were physical inside. We couldn't get anything going inside so we switched to a smaller lineup," said Minnesota head coach Don Monson. We couldn't get into an offensive rhythm. They were really physical in the post.
MSU took good care of the ball throughout the contest, comitting just seven turnovers but then had to sweat out the finish as the Gophers cut a comfortable 18-point lead down to just four with just :45 remaining, but the Spartans salted the game away by making six straight free throws including four by Minnesota native Alan Anderson.
"I think the people back home saw a little of the real Alan Anderson,'' said the sophomore swingman who's eighteen points topped the Spartans. "This was the first time in a long time we've come out and been aggressive. I know our offense isn't the best in the country. But I really thought we had more than seven turnovers as a team. And I know, despite all that, we won with defense.''